Rajinikanth’s Kaala becomes the first Indian movie to be released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The highly anticipated Rajinikanth starrer Kaala has finally hit screens today. The movie had a worldwide release and has opened to tremendous response with positive reviews flowing in from all corners. Premier shows were held last day in all major centres in UK, US, Malaysia and Singapore. Another massive news is that Kaala has become the first Indian film to be released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian government had shut down all of its cinema halls in the 1980s and since then no movies have released in the country. Earlier this year, with a wave of reforms being spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the country lifted the ban and opened the cinema halls for public. Kaala becoming the first Indian flick to be released in Saudi Arabia is indeed a proud moment for the makers as well as the whole Tamil cinema fraternity. The country has a huge population of Tamils and Malayalis, so the movie is expected to do some great business there.
Kaala has released simultaneously in three languages – Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. It is Rajinikanth’s second film with director Pa Ranjith after Kabali. The movie is basically a story about how the oppressed community revolt against those in power. It is based in the Mumbai underworld and Rajinikanth plays the role of a powerful don living in the slums.
Kaala’s supporting cast includes Nana Patekar, Huma Quereshi, Pankaj Tripathi, Eeshwari Rao, Anjali Patil, Samuthirakani, Ramesh Thilak and Sampath Raj among others. Cinematographer Murali, editor Sreekar Prasad and Pa Ranjith’s regular composer Santhosh Narayanan form the technical crew.
Rajinikanth’s son-in-law and actor Dhanush is producing Kaala under his banner Wunderbar Films Pvt Ltd.