‘Kabali’ @Rs 200 cr: Elated Rajinikanth thanks fans in handwritten letter

Following the phenomenal success of ‘Kabali’ and so much adulation from fans, an overwhelmed Rajinikanth thanked his fans for their love and support, and everybody else associated with the film.

The gangster flick collected over Rs 200 crore at the world wide box-office within four days of its release. Add to it the amount earned by the various marketing deals signed by ‘Kabali’ makers, the film’s earning has crossed well over Rs 400 crore.

“It’s the fastest south Indian film to rake in over Rs 200 crore at the box-office worldwide in just five days. As on Tuesday, Kabali has grossed Rs 205 crore and this includes the three languages in which the film was released,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.

In a handwritten letter, Rajinikanth expressed his gratitude to fans, producer Kalaipuli S. Thanu, director Pa Ranjith, theatre owners and distributors, for the “big success” of his latest outing.

"I am very happy to see the big success of ‘Kabali’. I bow my head and thank film producer and long-time friend Kalaippuli S. Thanu, director Pa Ranjith, fans, public, film exhibitors and distributors for making the movie a success," he said.

Rajinikanth, who had been in the US for two months, returned to the country on July 24, two days after ‘Kabali’ released. He needed some rest for his "mind and body," as he had to slog without respite for the film and the under-production ‘2.0’, the actor revealed in the letter.

“Since I was working non-stop on ‘Kabali’, and Shankar’s ‘2.0’ (sequel to 2010 film ‘Enthiran’), I was required to take mental and physical rest. Hence, I went on a two-month long trip with my daughter, Aishwarya Dhanush, and during which time I had undergone a few medical tests,” he wrote, and added that he feels "hale and healthy" now.

The mega star added that her heard about the success of ‘Kabali’ in the US, but to see and experience in person gives him “immense happiness.”

‘Kabali’ has Thalaivar in the role of an ageing don who works for the people of his community in Malaysia. The film also stars Radhika Apte in his wife’s role and Dhansika as daughter, besides Attakathi Dinesh, Kalaiarasan and Taiwanese actor Winston Chao.