Rajinikanth‘s much anticipated film, Kaala Karikalan opened yesterday amid much fan fare. It released across 2000 screens worldwide. The film got delayed to a great extent much to the dismay of fans. And right ahead of its release the film got engulfed in the whole Cauvery controversy and was on the verge of being banned in Karnataka. Despite the huge number of screens allotted for its release, the film didn’t release in a majority of theatres in Karnataka. And now, much to the shock of everyone, Kaala has registered the lowest box-office opening for a Rajinikanth film. Also Read - Telugu Star Pawan Kalyan Donates Rs 2 Crore Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
However, actor Vishal, who is also the President of Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) told IANS that it is too soon to reach a conclusion like that. He was quoted by an entertainment portal as saying, “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.” Also Read - Into The Wild With Bear Grylls And Rajinikanth: Here Are Top Highlights of The Special Episode Featuring Thalaiva
Furthermore, he said, “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.” He added that the film’s collection could pick up impetus in the days to come. He said, “Rajini Sir’s fan club is stronger than ever. 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 as soon as possible.” Also Read - Rajinikanth Thanks His Friend Bear Grylls For The Experience in 'Into The Wild'
This is the second collaboration of director Pa Ranjith and Rajinikanth. Their first collaboration was in Kabali that too fared quite well at the Box Office. Kaala was reportedly made on a budget of Rs 140 crore and has reportedly already earned Rs 230 crore through its theatrical and music rights. The film has reportedly collected Rs 155 crore from theatrical rights, Rs 7o crore from broadcast rights and then Rs 5 crore from music rights. Kaala earned higher revenues from theatrical rights in states like Tamil Nadu (Rs 70 crore), Andhra Pradesh (Rs 33 crore) and Kerala (Rs 10 crore). The Hindustan Times has reported that the overseas rights have been sold at Rs 45 crore. Well, watch out this for more updates on Kaala.