"Kabali" has bagged Ú' certificate from the regional censor board and it will release on July 22. Pictured: A poster from the Rajinikanth-starrer.PR Handout

Rajinikanth's much-awaited Tamil movie "Kabali" has finally cleared the folmalities of the regional censor board on July 11 and Kalaippuli S Thanu has revealed its official release date.

The rumours about the censorship of "Kabali" had been doing rounds in the media for the last few days. Kalaippuli S Thanu, who has bankrolled "Kabali" under his banner V Creations, confirmed the news about it on his Twitter handle on Monday. He tweeted: "#Kabali has been certified as Clean 'U' | Runtime - 152 Mins. Let the Celebration begins. #Magizhchi @superstarrajini @beemji."

The makers have already revealed the release date of "Kabali," but of late, it was rumoured that the movie would be postponed, due to some reasons. Producer Kalaippuli S Thanu confirmed that "Kabali" will be released on the date announced earlier. He tweeted, "#Kabali will be releasing worldwide on 22 July 2016 !! We couldn't be more excited @superstarrajini @beemji :)"

The Tamil Nadu government gives tax exemption to the movies that bag a 'U' certificate from and to the films that promote Tamil culture. With the censor baord awarding 'U' certificate to it, "Kabali" has now become eligible for the 30-percent tax exemption given for the films by the state government.

Most of Rajinikanth's recent movies have bagged a 'U' certificate from the censor board. His last four outings like "Kuselan," "Enthiran," "Kochadaiiyaan," and "Lingaa" have passed the censor test with virtually no hurdles. "Kabali" has now joined the list of these films.

"Kabali" is dubbed and released with the same title in Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam on the same date of its original. The audio albums of its Tamil and Telugu versions were released recently and have received good response from the audience. Now, the stage is set for the audio launch of its Hindi version. It will be released on Tuesday, July 12.

"Kabali" has been written and directed by Pa Ranjith. Rajinikanth has paired up with Radhika Apte in the film, which also stars Dhansika, Kishore, Kalaiyarasan and many others, including a few Malaysian artistes. This multilingual movie is expected to be released in four languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malay and Hindi) in over 3,500 screens around the world.

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