Rajinikanth will play a don who fights for Tamils in Malaysia. Back home, he is fighting film pirates before Kabali’s release on July 22.
Kabali producer S Thanu has filed a petition in the Madras high court to stop illegal download of the film by about 180 named websites and countless unknown sites, according to a Times of India report. The case will be heard on Thursday.
The writ petition requests the court to direct Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to issue instructions to all service providers to block websites offering illegal download of the film.
Tamil Nadu Anti-Piracy Cell too is also named in the petition.
The petition claims more than 70 percent of total revenue generated online was garnered by illegal downloads of films, music and pornography. Only 30% was paid for by people using for legal purposes on legal means, he said.
Kabali will release in 400 screens in the US, with special premieres planned for a day earlier. “It will be the biggest release for a Rajinikanth-starrer in the US. The Tamil as well as Telugu version of the film will release in 400 screens,” Madhu Garlapati of CineGalaxy said.
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According to Madhu, there’s unprecedented pre-release buzz for the film. “We opened bookings on Tuesday and in less than two hours tickets were sold out at Towne 3 cinemas, San Jose. The tickets for premieres are priced at $25, and there’s huge demand for tickets,” she said.
Directed by Pa. Ranjith, the film also stars Radhika Apte, Kishore, Kalaiarasan, Dinesh, Dhansikaa and Taiwanese actor Winston Chao.