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India's movie industry is the biggest in the world, producing more than 1,600 new films a year in more than 20 local languages. And Rajinikanth is the biggest star in that firmament, if sheer, over-the-top fan mania is the measure
In Chennai, fans set off firecrackers, gave out sweets and poured milk over giant posters advertising the movie, a tradition that derives from the ritual bathing of Hindu idols in milk
For a Rajinikanth film, the first day's very first show is scheduled for daybreak. An hour ahead of showtime, fans cheered and celebrated outside theatres. Cutouts of Rajinikanth decorate the cinemas in the city, the actor's face has been pasted on cars and walls
Superstar Rajinikanth's Kabali released worldwide on July 22, when the actor was in USA with his daughter Aishwaryaa. He returned India late on Sunday night and was welcomed by a cheering crowd of fans at the Chennai airport.
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Fans gathered outside Mumbai's Aurora Theatre and performed pujas and conducted bike rallies. They were also spotted wearing shirts featuring Rajinikanth. "The movie is brilliantly awesome. It has emotions, fights and it has all those scenes which a Rajini fan expects. It has those super moments where every Rajini fan will start clapping and whistles loudly," a fan told NDTV.
A Kabali-special plane by Air Asia ferried fans from different cities to Chennai on Friday, when the movie released. Air Asia CEO, Amar Abrol, said: "It's been amazing from the time we started and it's getting better and better. The tickets were sold out within two hours of us releasing them."