'Kabali'
"Kabali" will be censored on Friday and it will reportedly release on July 22. Pictured: A promotional material of Rajinikanth-starrer film.PR Handout

Rajinikanth's "Kabali" will face the regional censor board on Friday, July 8. Once cleared, the movie is set for a worldwide release on July 22.

There have been frequent speculations about the makers of "Kabali" submitting the movie to the regional censor board for certification. But it is now reported that the film was ready for censoring only last week.

The members of the board will watch the movie and certify the movie on Friday. #Kabali Censor Update: Will happen on Friday - July 8th. [sic]," PR Ramesh tweeted. The makers are hoping to get a 'U' certificate from the regional censor board.

In Tamil Nadu, the state government provides 30 percent entertainment tax exemption to films that promote Tamil culture and get a "U" certificate from the regional censor board. This plays a major role in a film's success at the box office.

Looking at the track record of Rajinikanth, it is easy to say that his latest film "Kabali" might bag a 'U' certificate. His films in the last 10 years have passed the censor test with virtually no hurdles from the board.

On the other hand, the makers are expected to formally announce the release date of "Kabali" only after being cleared by the censor board. As per the rules, the date of a film's release cannot be announced without getting clearance from the regional censor board.

However, the buzz has it that the movie will be released on July 22. "Fox Star Studios will be releasing the Rajinikanth starrer #Kabali in more than 1000 screens in the Northern markets. Releases 22 July 2016," leading journalist Taran Adarsh tweeted.

Meanwhile, the makers released a promo making video of 'Neruppu Da' on Tuesday, July 5. So far, it has got over a lakh hits.

"Kabali" is a multilingual movie, which is expected to be released in four languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malay and Hindi) in one go. The film, which has been produced by Kalaippuli S Thanu and directed by Pa Ranjith, is likely to be released in over 3,500 screens.

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