Indian companies declare holidays ahead of 'Kabali's release
Tribune Online Report

  • Rajinikanth is one of India's most bankable stars 

Is there anything Rajinikanth cannot do? Throw this question to any of 'thaliava's' fans and the likely answer will be 'no'.

India is shaking in Rajini fever with just two days before gangster drama 'Kabali' releases. Several companies in Chennai and Bengaluru have declared holidays on July 22, reports the Hindustan Times.

This came after reports spread on early Monday that employees from various companies were planning to go on mass sick leave or simply switch off their phones to catch the first day first show of their favourite star’s film.

Companies that have issued notices to that effect include Bangalore-based Opus Waterproofing and Chennai-based Fyndus India Pvt Ltd. Some have even volunteered to provide free tickets in a bid to contain piracy.

Manoj Pushparaj of Opus Waterproofing told the HT that an internal circulation was sent out on Sunday as he could feel the eagerness in his employees.

“...I came up with the idea of declaring a holiday on July 22,” he said, hoping the “Kabali bonus” would serve as a motivation to the employees.

Chitra, a business development executive with Fyndus when contacted, confirmed that July 22 had been declared a holiday.

Rajinikanth, whose real name is Sivaji Rao Gaekwad, has been the reigning superstar of the Tamil film industry for many years. The 65-year-old has starred in over 170 films in a career spanning four decades.

He is one of Asia's highest paid actors and one of the most bankable stars in India.

Even before it hit cinemas, Kabali has raked in some $30m in film rights sales, the BBC reports.

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