Rajinikanth's "Kabali" is all set to break box office records, but will it beat the ones set by Salman Khan's "Sultan"?
Trade experts point out that even though the senior superstar is a big deal nationwide and a phenomenon of sorts, the dubbed Hindi version of "Kabali" will hardly make any dents in the box office collections of "Sultan."
A multiplex executive told DNA that Rajinikanth's "Robot" (dubbed) performed moderately adding that the dubbed versions never really do well. The satellite rights to the Hindi version have been sold at just Rs.15 crore as the makers believe that the actor's films don't sell well in the said language, an insider informed the daily.
Meanwhile trade analyst Atul Mohan said that by the time "Kabali" opens in theatres, which is July 22, "Sultan" would have made all the money it could have in its lifetime run. Also, Hindi audiences love Rajinikanth in science fiction films more, which is why a "Robot" will score over a "Kabali" anyday.
"The hype surrounding Kabali is great, but not comparable to Robot. But still, the film is likely to score well in the Hindi belt. It will all depend on how the product is. But trust me, the business down South will be crazy and unheard of; and overseas as well," the daily quoted Atul as saying.
Rajinikanth plays the titular role in "Kabali," a gangster, and husband to Radhika Apte's Kumudhavalli. Set in Malaysia, the story focuses on Kabali's rise to the top and how he becomes the all-pervading messiah of the masses.