Jubilant fans of superstar Rajnikanth thronged cinema theatres since early hours as his much-awaited film Sivaji – The Boss hit the screens on Friday.
AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa was among hundreds of movie buffs who managed to catch AVM Production’s mega-budget movie on the first day of its release.
A special screening of the movie was arranged at the AVM studio here for the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, who watched the film along with Rajnikanth, producer A V M Saravanan and director Shankar.
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has already watched the movie along with Rajnikant. TDP leader and former Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu saw the Telegu version of the movie which also hit the screens on Friday in Hyderabad on Thursday.
A wave of enthusiasm swept Tamil Nadu as Rajni’s die-hard fans burst crackers and distributed sweets to celebrate the film’s release.
“Today is a real festival for us as our Thalaivar’s (leader) new film has hit the screen after a gap of two years,” said Murugan, a member of Rajni’s fan club in south Chennai.
The film took 19 months to be completed and is said to be the most expensive movie ever produced in India.
Huge banners and hoardings were erected in front of cinema halls where Sivaji was released. Fans performed ablution by milk on Rajni’s cut-outs and broke coconuts to ward off evil forces.
The movie has been released in 17 theatres in Chennai and in over 500 cinema houses all over the state. Tickets for the movie have been sold out for the next three weeks.
Directed by Shankar, the film, a fight against the growing use of black money in society, is expected to storm the box-office with its combination of punchy dialogues, comic relief, romance, music and melodrama.
Music director A R Rahman and national award-winning cinematographer K V Anand are also part of the Sivaji team. Shreya, the leading lady of the film, shares screen space with Rajni, while former hero Suman plays the powerful villain.
Rajni’s earlier movie Chandramukhi released in 2005, is still running continuously for more than 800 days, creating a record in the history of South Indian films.
A strong contingent of police personnel has been posted in all the theatres to control the crowds.