Rajinikanth fans, rejoice - the much-delayed Kochadaiiyaan
, an animated film using motion capture, is finally here. Directed by Rajini's daughter Soundarya R Ashwin, Kochadaiiyaan is expected to release across 6000 screens worldwide and in multiple languages. Down South, shows begin as early as 4am in certain theatres. That's a Rajinikanth Friday.
This is the first 'Rajini-release' in almost four years and the first one after his long hospitalisation in 2011. The animated Rajinikanth, playing a triple role, will perform his usual gravity and death defying feats and will also be doing a Shiva Thandava for the first time. The film also stars Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, Shobana, Nassar and R Sarathkumar in key roles. The music is by A R Rahman. (Also read: Rajinikanth's Kochadaiiyaan: 10 Reasons to Look Forward to Friday
Blockbuster Friday also offers Tiger Shroff's Heropanti
and X-Men: Days Of Future Past
from Bollywood and Hollywood respectively.Kochadaiiyaan
's delayed release date means that Tiger Shroff will go head to head with father Jackie in debut film Heropanti
, co-starring newbie Kriti Sanon. The film has grabbed some attention courtesy Tiger's shirtless dancing and martial arts. (Also read: It Will be a Father-Son Competition on May 23: Tiger Shroff
In X-Men: Days Of The Future Past
, we finally have a meeting point of the two X-Men
franchises - the original X-Men
trilogy and the series beginning with X-Men: First Class. This outing involves time travel and features Hugh Jackman's Wolverine bridging the gap between the younger mutants - James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender - and the older gang of Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry and Ellen Page. The film also introduces mutants Bishop and Quicksilver. Game Of Thrones
star Peter Dinklage appears as the villain Bolivar Trask.
Rajinikanth Fever: 100 Shows ofKochadaiiyaan in This Theatre Today
Indo-Asian News Service | May 23, 2014 08:52 IST (Chennai)
A still from Rajinikanth's Kochadaiiyaan
Superstar Rajinikanth's magnum opus Kochadaiiyaan's release may have got delayed, but it has failed to dampen the buzz surrounding the film with a leading multiplex planning 100 shows on Friday.
Mayajaal, one of the leading multiplexes in Chennai, will have 100 shows across 16 screens on the opening day.
"When Rajini's Enthiran released, we had 90 shows during the entire first week. Since Kochadaiiyaanhappens to be a very special film, we have increased the total number of shows to 100. We will increase or decrease the number of shows based on the initial response," Meenakshi Sundaram, manager, Maayajal, told IANS.
Other multiplexes such as SPI Cinemas have already sold approximately 30,000 tickets in advance for the opening day.
"The tickets are sold out for the opening weekend. The pre-release buzz has been extremely positive and fans are eagerly waiting to catch superstar Rajinikanth on the screen. The film is likely to register a record opening," a representative of SPI Cinemas told IANS.
Directed by Rajini's daughter Soundarya R Ashwin, Kochadaiiyaan, India's first photo-realistic 3D animated motion capture film, is scheduled to release on 477 screens in the state.
Also starring Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, R Sarath Kumar, Aadi Pinisetty, Nasser and Shobana, it will hit approximately 6,000 screens in 10 countries.
Meanwhile, Rajini's ardent fans are gearing up to celebrate the release of the film in the most extravagant way possible.
From visits to temples on the eve of the release to anointing large cut-outs of Rajinikanth with milk before the first show of Kochadaiiyaan, the fans are going out of their way to make it a memorable event.
Ranjith Solomon, a member of Rajinikanth's fans association, says celebrations will start as early as 3 am on Friday.
"For the first show of Kochadaiiyaan, which will be at 4 am on release, we'll start celebrating from 3 am We'll decorate theatres with large cut-outs and posters of the Thalaivar (nick name for Rajini) the previous evening and kick start our celebrations next morning with a puja," Ranjith said.