Kaala recorded the lowest ever opening for a Rajinikanth film in recent times, reports news agency IANS. Shocked? As per actor activist Vishal Krishna, the first day numbers of Kaala have been affected by the film’s ‘ban’ in Karnataka and may be even director Pa Ranjith.
Vishal Krishna, who is a member of the Tamil Nadu Films Producers’ Council (TFPC), explained: “Kaala has been unnecessarily embroiled in the Cauvery controversy. How much this has affected the film’s opening, I don’t know. What I do know is that at the end of the day Rajini sir is Rajini sir. Any film of his evokes a massive response. The opening of ‘Kaala’ may be on the lower side – I haven’t found the time to check – because his last film with the same director (Pa Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much.”
However Vishal adds that “Kaala” may well surprise all the naysayers.
“Rajini Sir’s fan club is stronger than ever. And I am a member. They will ensure a smooth run for ‘Kaala’. Let’s not forget, this is the Ramzan week and a sizable chunk of the audience likes to refrain from watching films during this period even if it is Rajini Sir’s film. I intend to see ‘Kaala’ the soonest possible.”
Much to the shock of everyone, Kaala has registered the lowest-ever box office opening for a Rajinikanth-starrer.
Actor Vishal, president of Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), told IANS that it is not wise to come to a conclusion this soon.
Directed by Pa Ranjith, Kaala is a film that talks about the importance of owning land and land rights. The film, produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films, did a pre-release business of Rs 200 crore.
“This may be due to some of the factors like a couple of postponements in release date, Ramzan period, particularly the week before Eid which is dullest for business, as next Friday the big film of Salman Khan releases. Rajinikanth is still a huge craze as the character Chitti of ‘Robot’ and fans are waiting for the sequel ‘ 2.0’.
Kaala released alongside Hollywood film Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, which according to Atul Mohan may hinder Kaala’s box office growth. He told IANS: “‘Kaala’ has to compete with a Steven Spielberg franchise – Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom – which is a huge event. Also, a section of Rajinikanth’s audience is not happy with his entry into politics.”