Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Kabali is creating buzz for all the right reasons. First, it breaks the Internet within days after its release. The much talked about teaser has now garnered 22 million views on YouTube, making it the only Indian film teaser to hold this record. Kabali will also be the first Indian film to be dubbed in Malay. This will mark Rajinikanth’s foray into the south-east Asia. Now, the songs of Kabali are creating waves and that’s for special reasons. In the last decade or two, Rajinikanth’s films have often had music composed by A. R. Rahman and Rajinikanth’s opening number sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. However, Kabali stands out in a few ways. The music has been composed by Santosh Narayanan, and the opening number has been sung by Arunraja Kamaraj. While the former has gradually cemented his position in the film industry with his unique song compositions, the latter is fairly new in the film industry and Kabali will mark his big break. The song Neruppu Da (fire) has Rajinikanth delivering special lines during the song. He says ”Na vandutenu solu! Thirumba Vandutennu sollu” (I have returned). And we’re sure this will result in whistles and will cause goosebumps in the cinema hall.
It doesn’t end there. The film is directed by a two-film old director. Considering the fact that Rajinikanth has worked with established directors like P. Vasu and K. S. Ravikumar, this is new for the actor. In fact, the whole team of Kabali is fairly new, and is working with an actor whose career spans over four decades. This seems like quite a challenging task and is sure to out a huge pressure on the team to deliver their best.
The audio of the film was released directly online and to the stores, without any grand award function or a chief guest. This may have been because Rajinikanth was out of the country, on a vacation with his family. However, this didn’t stop the fans from celebrating the audio launch. Several thronged the popular Woodlands theatre in Chennai to celebrate the release of the audio. The theatre even screened the teaser of Kabali, followed by Rajinikanth’s cult classic film – Baasha. Although Rajinikanth’s last two releases, Kochadaiiyaan and Lingaa turned out to be damp squibs at the box office, it still doesn’t stop Rajinikanth’s fans from rooting for their ‘Thalaiva’. This easily proves the amount of buzz the film has created and the powerful presence of Rajinikanth in Tamil Nadu.
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