Rajinikanth’s cult classic Baashha to re-release, expected to recreate box office success

Baashha shot up the worldwide popularity of Rajinikanth to a whole new high.

Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Updated: November 5, 2016 4:48 pm
Rajinikanth's 1995 cult film Baashha will re-release the film on December 12 Rajinikanth’s 1995 cult film Baashha will re-release the film on December 12

The makers of superstar Rajinikanth’s 1995 cult film Baashha will re-release the film on December 12 to mark the birthday celebrations of the Thalaivar, who turns 66 this year.

Although the film is two-decade old, the news of its re-release has been generating a lot of buzz in the industry and among the moviegoers. The film, Baashha, has been digitally spruced up and is released once again by RM Veerappan of Sathya Movies.

Baashha tells the story of an autorickshaw driver called Manikkam, who lives a quiet life with family and strives hard to fulfil the dreams of his siblings. But he has a bloody background. In the past, to avenge the murder of his best friend, Manikkam became ‘Manik Baashha’ a dreaded gangster and takes the Mumbai underworld by storm almost overnight. To fulfil the dying wish of his father, he gives up his gangster life and goes away with his family.

However, he still has an unfinished business with the rival gang leader, Mark Anthony, played by Raghuvaran, who forces Manikkam to come out of hiding.

Baashha shot up the worldwide popularity of Rajinikanth to a whole new high. The film, directed by Suresh Krissna was originally released during Pongal in 1995 and it turned out to be one of the milestones in Rajinikanth’s career, besides becoming a trendsetter. Since the release of the film, almost all the young leading actors down south have tried to make their very own Baashha but with little success.

Baashha is expected to take a good opening at the box office at par with new movies when it releases next month once again after 20 years.

In 2012, Rajinikanth’s 2007 hit film Sivaji was converted into 3D format with reduced running time and re-released to a good response at the box office. In 2014 his film Lingaa was also released on his birthday. However, the film was a dud.

But, there may not be a better time for re-releasing the classic gangster drama, Baashha as Rajinikanth’s last outing Kabali was a blockbuster. The Thalaivar in a drool-worthy gangster avatar in the film created a massive success at the worldwide box office.

Will Baashha recreate its past success? Let’s keep out fingers crossed.