Rajinikanth's 'Kabali'
The censor board member are yet to watch "Kabali." Pictured: A movie still from the Rajinikanth-starrer.Kabali Twitter Page

There were reports that Rajinikanth's film "Kabali" would be censored on Friday, July 8. But the process seems to have been delayed for some reason and the makers are yet to formally announce the news. However, the movie will most likely release on July 22.

In the recent weeks, there have been lots of speculations about "Kabali" being submitted to the regional censor board for certification. Especially in the last few days, rumours were rife that the Tamil film was finally ready to clear the censor test on Friday.

But the latest reports suggest that the film is yet to be censored. "#Kabali censor very, very soon. Release date in July. Get ready 4 the biggest ever worldwide release in 4 languages, [sic]" leading film journalist Sreedhar Pillai tweeted.

"Kabali" is said to be releasing in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malay on July 22 and will clash with SS Rajamouli's "Bahubali" in China. "July 22nd is an important date for Indian Cinema. #Kabali World-wide & #Baahubali in China to release on that date. [sic]," PR Ramesh tweeted.

However, the makers are yet to announce the release date even though there are many indications of the film being released on July 22. A few centres overseas have started advance booking of tickets for July 22.

It has to be noted that as per the rules, the date of a film's release cannot be announced without getting clearance from the regional censor board. This is possibly preventing the producer from announcing his release plans.

Meanwhile, the premiere of "Kabali" will happen on July 21 in Malaysia and it is reported that there is a huge demand for tickets. 

On the other hand, the makers have sold the theatrical rights of the movie to different parties. The pre-release business is estimated to have crossed Rs. 200 crore.

Gangster movie "Kabali" is written and directed by young filmmaker Pa Ranjith and bankrolled by leading producer Kalaippuli S Thanu.

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