New Tamil movie Kabali draws huge crowds in Singapore

The crowd entering the cinema hall to watch Kabali starring Tamil superstar Rajinikanth at Rex Cinema on July 22, 2016.
The crowd entering the cinema hall to watch Kabali starring Tamil superstar Rajinikanth at Rex Cinema on July 22, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Fans take photos with the posters of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth outside Rex Cinema at Mackenzie Road, on July 22, 2016.
Fans take photos with the posters of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth outside Rex Cinema at Mackenzie Road, on July 22, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Kabali, the new movie starring Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth, is drawing huge crowds after opening here on Thursday (July 21).

Long queues could be seen outside the Rex cinema at Mackenzie Road, where a 4m tall cutout of Rajinikanth stands, on the movie's opening day.

Fans of the 65-year-old actor also celebrated his return to the big screen on Thursday (July 21) by performing aarti, an offering normally reserved for Hindu deities, in front of a cutout of the actor in the theatre to cheers and much applause.

 

A spokesman for Rex said that in anticipation of the crowds the cinema chain had hired additional security and put up barricades to manage the crowd. The chain also opened online booking for tickets on Wednesday (July 20) at midnight, ahead of its first screening.

He added that tickets for Friday night's (July 22) screenings were sold out at Rex's Mackenzie Road branch which has 736 seats across its three halls, all of which were showing Kabali as well as at its other outlet at Golden Mile Tower.

A spokesman for Cathay Cinemas, which is showing the movie at five of its cineplexes, said overwhelming online bookings for the movie slowed their servers down, prompting the cinema chain to increase the number of sessions for the show.

Kabali is a gangster drama directed by Pa Rajinth, and marks Rajinikanth's first movie in two years.

Shot predominantly in Malaysia, it also stars Taiwanese actor Winston Chao.

Mr Prusothman, who watched the movie on Friday evening (July 22) with two of his friends, said he had bought his tickets online the day before.

Said the 29-year-old engineer: "I've been waiting to catch Kabali. This is the first time Rajinikanth is working with a new director, so I'm excited to see what this movie will be like."