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    'Kabali Craze' Grips South India, Companies Take the Day Off to See Movie

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    The unimaginable craze over Tamil superstar Rajinikanth's upcoming movie 'Kabali' has swept through India's southern states.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Movie star Rajinikanth, who enjoys a cult following in southern India, has a new movie out, turning an ordinary date into a festival among ecstatic film buffs in India's southern states. Rajinikath's much awaited new movie 'Kabali' will be released on July 22, triggering a frenzy among fans. Movie tickets are sold out long in advance. Corporate offices have been flooded by applications to take the day off, forcing many of them to declare a 'special holiday' on July 22. Some companies have also promised free tickets to their employees and their family members as a goodwill gesture. 

    ​Rajinikanth has an unprecedented fan following; his admirers see him as a demigod. 'Kabali' starring Rajinikanth as the protagonist has reportedly already made a 100% profit due to distribution rights and advance bookings for the first day. This is said to be the biggest-ever advance booking in the history of Tamil cinema.  

    ​There are also speculations emerging that the 'Kabali Craze' could perhaps be the reason behind the sudden rise in the stocks of multiplexes in the Indian share market. 

    ​'Kabali Fever' has gripped many India states, especially those in the south of the country where the Tamil language is spoken. Fans are covering their cars, motor-cycles, shop windows, mobile phone covers and the likes with images from the movie.

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