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Rajinikanth’s much awaited gangster drama has finally been assigned a release date – the movie will hit screens on June 7, confirmed Dhanush. This is how Dhanush announced the news on Twitter: “Happy to announce that Superstar’s Kaala will release on June 7th in all languages worldwide.” Dhanush’s Wunderbar Studios has produced Kaala, in which Rajinikanth plays the titular role of a mob boss.

Directed by Pa Ranjith, Kaala is the Thalaivar’s second collaboration with the filmmaker (who last made Kabali with Rajinikanth) and was previously said to be released on April 27. Kaala has garnered a lot of interest already not just for being a Rajinikanth film but also because fans and followers are eager to watch the Thalaivar play a gangster again – Rajinikanth played a similar role in 2016’s blockbuster Kabali.

As we have earlier reported that Superstar Rajinikanth’s next venture with filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj, the yet-untitled is currently in its pre-production stage.

Now, rumours are rife that actress Trisha Krishnan is being considered to play the leading lady in the film. However, nothing has been finalised yet.

Prior to this, names of heroines like Deepika Padukone and Anjali were doing the rounds. Interestingly, Trisha has acted with almost all the top heroes in Tamil cinema except Rajinikanth. Last week, Karthik Subbaraj met Rajinikanth at his residence to discuss the film and his call sheet. If reports are anything to go by, the film’s shoot is expected to go on floors in August.

The satellite rights of forthcoming film Kaala starring Superstar Ranjinikanth have been acquired by leading entertainment channel. According to the latest update, ‘Kaala’ has been reportedly bought by the leading Hindi channel, Star TV, for a whopping Rs 75 Cr.

This is a record price considering that no other South Indian film barring 2.0 and Baahubali managed to create such a hysteria without boasting top cast and technical crew and star director. Earlier the satellite rights of Rajini’s sci-fi 2.0 was sold out for Rs 108 Cr. 2.0 has big names like Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, director Shankar and music composer A R Rahman.

Kaala, directed by Pa Ranjith and produced by Dhanush under the banner of Wunderbar Films. Apart from Rajinikanth, the film has others stars like Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi, Samuthirakani, Eswari Rao and others in important role

The movie is set in the Mumbai backdrop, loaded with political messages aimed at giving an image of Messiah to the superstar, who has taken his plunge into politics. The film is scheduled to hit the theaters on 27th April 2018.

Ulaga Nayagan actor Kamal Haasan, who recently launched his political party, said he will not make personal attacks on Rajinikanth but would only criticize the policies of his party if there is disagreement.

“I will not take on Rajinikanth as a person, far from it; there are several parties here that personalize their attacks on him. But after Rajinikanth formed a political party and makes known its policies and programmes, if we have any differences on those issues, then our criticism too will be unsparing on issues; our appreciation too would be issue-based and open-hearted,” Kamal Haasan said in a television interview.

Prior to the interview, he spoke to the reporters in Coimbatore who asked him about Rajinikanth’s silence over Cauvery issue. “He has not spoken about many other issues. So, it is unfair to single out one issue,” he said, defending his long-time friend.

Rajinikanth has been often targeted by a section of people in the film industry for his roots in Karnataka. Now, in politics, many feel he was unfit to rule Tamil Nadu as he is not a Tamilian by birth.

Superstar Rajinikanth has expanded his presence on social media by joining Facebook and Instagram. The first post on Thalaivar’s Instagram page is a still from his blockbuster movie Kabali.

“Vannakam! Vandhuten nu sollu! (Tell them that I have arrived). This is Rajinikanth’s popular one-liner from the 2016 gangster drama Kabali.

The movie dialogue also assumes significance in the context of Rajinikanth’s political plunge.

He had kept the world of politics and millions of fans guessing about his political entry for over two decades. Last year, he took the leap promising his fans that he will contest the next assembly elections from all seats in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Joining the popular social media networks is clearly a step towards his efforts to look more appealing to youngsters.

Superstar Rajinikanth continues to shock the media this time in incredibly positive ways. Today his speech caused many in the media to sing his praises describing it as “extraordinary.”

The actor inaugurated a statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai today, where he will speak to students and may even take a few questions from them. About 5,000 people, mostly students and fans are present at the venue. On December 31, Rajinikanth had announced he would launch a party and contest in all 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu.

He had also clarified that he would launch the party after elections are announced in the state. Whether to contest the Lok Sabha polls in 2019, he said he will take a call later.

Rajinikanth: “When I built the Raghvendra wedding hall, there was an order to stop construction. My staff and me weren’t given appointment. Many advised me to contact MGR. MGR expedited and in three days we got the NOC. It was MGR who made the wedding hall possible. Some say I’m trying to draw MGR loyalists. Student stage is the best part of your life, also most trying. If u study in these four years only, your 40 year life would be good.”

“He (MGR) brought power and free noon meal scheme to schools. I first met MGR in 1973. Later, I met in 1975 on the sets.”

“Using technology and good advisers and talented people I can deliver good governance. They ask why I didn’t enter when Jayalalithaa was ruling. Fear? I don’t have to remind what happened in 1996. Many say all can’t become MGR. Yes, none can become MGR. When there were two strong leaders, Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi, there was no vacuum.”

“I don’t expect a red carpet welcome. But why mock and discourage? Politics is strewn with thorns and snakes,” said Rajinikanth.

“Many say actors shouldn’t enter politics… I tell them, I do my work properly. But you haven’t done your work properly. I’ve learnt some politics moving with Karunanidhi, Moopanar and Cho.”

“Last time I could not unveil an MGR statue but this time he was firm. I wanted to avoid speaking politics. But I shall speak some politics,” Rajinikanth said.

On December 31, he said that he will take decision only after elections are called in Tamil Nadu. He had then he would contest in all 234 assembly constituencies in the next elections due in 2021.

Political observers are keenly watching whether he will make any announcement in terms of the launch of his party or name of party

Fans of actor Rajinikanth will have to wait one more day to watch the teaser of the Superstar’s next release Kaala.

The teaser of Kaala, which is produced by actor-director Dhanush’s Wunderbar Studios was scheduled to be released on March 1. However, Dhanush took to Twitter to announce that the teaser release has been postponed to March 2 due to the demise of Jayaendra Saraswati Shankaracharya.

Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal (82), the 69th Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham passed away on Wednesday reportedly after a cardiac arrest. Many film industry personalities and politicians including Prime Minister Modi and President Ramnath Kovind have condoled the demise of Jayendra Saraswathi. His last rites will begin at 8 AM on Thursday.

Kaala starring Superstar Rajinikanth has been directed by Pa. Ranjith. This is their second collaboration after the blockbuster hit Kabali in 2016 and Rajinikanth’s first release post the announcement of his political entry.

Raju Mahalingam of Lyca Productions who has been closely associated with Rajinikanth over the last three years, was the first to join the actor’s political movement.

On January 1, his Twitter page carried a picture with Rajinikanth with the caption, ‘A new political will – a new year awaits for the people of Tamil Nadu. ‘

Speaking to India Today Raju Mahalingam said, “Firstly, I’m a fan of Rajinikanth sir since my childhood. Also, during the production of 2.0, I’ve watched him closely for three years. He is known for his simplicity, honesty and straight-forwardness.

I think that is the need of the hour for the political scenario that is prevailing in Tamil Nadu at present. So, when Rajini sir announced his decision to form a political party, I decided to join his political journey.”

Raju Mahalingam was the creative head of Lyca Productions, which is owned by Subaskaran Allirajah. Raju had been associated with Lyca since its inception in 2014. He further revealed that he holds no position in the party as of now. “No, right now, I do not hold any position. I have registered just as a party member,” he has reportedly said.

Referred to simply as “The Superstar” in his native Tamil Nadu state, Rajinikanth famously worked as a bus conductor in the southern Indian city of Bangalore before heading to Chennai in 1973 to pursue an acting career. When he threw open those gates somewhere around the 92 minute mark in the 1975 Tamil Social Drama “Apoorva Ragangal” directed by K.Balachander, few knew him. And even those few wouldn’t dream that he was bursting through the gates of the film industry that he would rule supreme for close to four decades as the humble Shahehshah of Tamil Cinema.

Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, and named after the famous Maratha King Chatrapathi Shivaji, he was the youngest of four siblings and lived his first years in relative poverty. Even as a child, Shivaji had keen interest in acting and was once noted for his performance as “Eklavya” by a famous Kannada poet. As luck would have had it, he would also study at Ramakrishna Matt and would have his first brush with spirituality by learning about the Vedas (Hindu scriptures).

After completing his education, Shivaji would move to Bangalore where he would be among other things, a Carpenter, a Coolie and eventually a Bus Conductor, while continuing to perform in stage shows when time permitted. Eventually, Shivaji, destiny’s child, would notice an advertisement for acting courses at the “Madras Film Institute”. His friend Raj Bahadur would convince him to go to Madras while his family wound’t be too keen on the move. Shivaji would, however, move to Chennai (then known as Madras). In Chennai, he would be noticed by K. Balachander, a doyen of Tamil Cinema, while acting in a stage show in Chennai.

For his first movie, Shivaji would be requested by K. Balachander (KB) to choose a screen name. He obviously couldn’t go by his own name as it was being used by a Thespian of Indian Cinema “Sivaji” Ganesan (who incidentally got his name for portraying Chatrapathi Shivaji in the 1950s). He would be given three choices : Srikanth, Chandrakanth and Rajinikanth. These were all names of characters in the stage play “Major Chandrakanth” by KB.

In earnest, Rajini would start his acting career, going on to act in a Telugu “Anthuleni Katha” by KB, a remake of his super-hit “Aval Oru Thodarkathai” starring Sujatha. His next 3 big Tamil movies would be “Moondru Mudichu”, “Avargal” and “16 Vayathiniley”. In all three, he would play a negative role. He made such an impact with just a few movies that even my 80 year old grand mother remembers that he started off as a “Villain” before becoming a “Hero”…

Rajni would first be cast in “Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri” (1977) in a positive light, as the male lead. And incidentally, it would be S.P. Muthuraman who would take over from K. Balachander from thereon, making most of Rajini’s hit movies for the next 13 years.

From 1995 onward, Rajini, who was till then known to be religious (remember, his 100th movie was on Swami Raghavendra because he wanted it to be so) became increasingly spiritual. Many Tamil magazines began to report that Rajini was going to the Himalayas and spending weeks or months on end in the wilderness, often dressed as a beggar and not carrying money or having security.