As Rajinikanth’s forthcoming film Kabali, set to hit the theatres on July 15, announces a special plane with its partner – Malaysian carrier Air Asia – to take off with its release, the Tamil superstar once again proves his God like status in South India bestowed on him by his million fans.
Tamil actor Rajinikanth is the God of South Indian cinema and he has time and again proven that. For his latest film Kabali, set to hit the theatres on July 15, a special aircraft has been readied for take-off to coincide with the release of the film. Malaysian carrier Air Asia’s that is predominantly operational in South India, has partnered with the film and a special Kabali plane has been painted and stickered to match the theme.
The aircraft that adorns the ‘don’ look of Rajinikanth in the film also features the name of the film. It is said to fly Rajinikanth’s fans for the first day first show from Bengaluru to Chennai on the 15th, although reports also suggest that the release may be pushed to July 22. The fans on board will be served a special Kabali menu prepared for the flight. The flight will connect 10 other cities including Bengaluru, Goa, Pune and Kochi. Complementing a hit song from the film – Nerupuda – that means fire, photographs released by Air Asia show the Kabali themed aircraft glowing like embers.
The gangster-drama film also stars Radhika Apte as the leading lady. Produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu, sources suggest that the film has already been booked for INR 200 crore.
The film created ripples with its promos
When the much-awaited teaser of south Indian superstar Rajinikanth’s film Kabali was released on May 1, it created a new record in cyberspace. Garnering more than 50,000 views within a few minutes, the hashtags #kabaliteaser, #magizhchi, #KabaliDa, #Thalaivar created by the fans started trending nationally on YouTube. With his trademark punch lines and style quotient, Rajinikant looked mesmerising in the gangster film directed by Pa Ranjith. The minute-long teaser of Kabali features Rajinikanth, dressed in a grey suit, ready to take on the world. The film, apart from the lead cast Rajinikanth and Radhika Apte, also features Dhanshika, Kalaiyarasan and Dinesh. The producer Thanu also tweeted that the views of the Kabali teaser crossed one million in one hour, and had 1.2 million likes in two hours, that set a new record in the history of Indian cinema.
The God like status of Rajnikanth
With a personality and style like no other, his ability to retain the charm of a common man, the talent of acting coupled with such publicity stunts, it is a little wonder that the actor is worshipped like a God in the South. The 65 year old actor is known for many films such as Apporva Raagangal (1975), Bhairavi (1978), Arunachalam (1997), Baasha (1995), Padayappa (1999), Chandramukhi (2005), Sivaji (2007) and Kuselan (2008) that have come along his career span of more than 40 years and that helped him create his God like status in the South Indian cinema. Looking at his contribution to cinema, the government of India also honoured him with Padma Bhushan (2010), the third largest civilian award, and Padma Vibhushan (2016), the second highest civilian award in the republic of India, apart from many accolades and awards that he has received from the film industry, media and the government.