Kochadaiiyaan

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Rajinikanth’s avatar in Kochadaiiyaan (2014)

See also Lingaa (2014)

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Rajinikanth’s chariot leaps in India’s ultimate magnum opus: Kochadaiiyaan (2014)
The avatars of Deepika Padukone and Rajinikanth Kochadaiiyaan (2014)
Rajinikanth’s avatar in Kochadaiiyaan (2014)
Rajinikanth and the wonders of 3D in Kochadaiiyaan (2014)

The extra 'i' was included in the name at the suggestion of Filmistan's most widely- consulted numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani.

Missed Diwali 2013

Kochadaiiyaan was scheduled to be released on Diwali 2013. So was Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2. There were apprehensions about a clash between Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, and their harming each other’s prospects. It was rumoured that Kamal Haasan even considered releasing Vishwaroopam 2 a month ahead of schedule, to avoid a clash. Fortunately for him, Kochadaiyaan got delayed by several months, and his Vishwaroopam 2 went on to be a major hit.

This pathbreaking 3D animation film, which was India's first photorealistic performance capture film, was finally released on May 23, 2014. For lovers of commercial cinema it was a gripping, tightly edited experience, with AR Rahman's music binding the film together. The film received mixed reviews.

Cast and crew

Directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin

Leading lady Deepika Padukone

Other stars: Jackie Shroff, R. Sharath kumar, Nazar, Aadi, Shobana and Rukmini.

Music A R Rahman.

Kochadaiiyaan at the box office

Budget: (Rs) 125 crore

The film was released on about 3000 screens in six languages (Tamil, Telugu, Hindi-Urdu, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi). Its Telugu version Vikramasimha was released on 700 screens in AP and Telangana, which greatly exceeded the 450 screens on which the Tamil version was released in Tamil Nadu.

In Tamil Nadu theatre occupancy was 95% in the first weekend. Tickets were sold in advance for the first five days, creating a box office record for a Tamil film. After that collections dipped suddenly, leading to talk of the film being a flop. Unfortunately, the Hindi-Urdu version went unnoticed in North India. The Telugu version saw around 50% of the seats filled.

However, on the whole the film did quite well .

1st weekend: Between Rs 42 crore Filmi Beat and Rs 44 crore BoxOfficeTotal. Against this, the Rs. 70 crore figure calculated from filmcircle is not credible.

The overseas figures for the first weekend were:

USA : Rs 2.56 crore

Malaysia : Rs 92.45 lakh

UK & Ireland : Rs 78.31 lakh

Australia : Rs64.73 lakh

Canada : 32.61 lakh

1st five days: Kochadaiiyaan was the fastest Tamil film to earn Rs50 crore 2014, breaking the records of the Vijay starrer Jilla and Ajith Kumar's Veeram. The film’s combined collection in all languages reached Rs 51 crore by the end of its fifth day, Tuesday May 27, 2014. However, collections started dipping after that.

1st week: Total: Rs 55.1 Crore BoxOfficeCollection

In 25 days: Rs. 189.7 Crore ContactNumbers

Opening weekend frenzy

Kochadaiiyaan box-office: earns Rs 42 crores gross worldwide in the opening weekend The Times of India TNN | May 26, 2014

The fans frenzy for Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan had begun months in advance Kochadaiiyaan is an epic dramatization of good versus evil starring Indian megastar Rajinikanth in a double role in a larger than life depiction.

Eros International announced a blockbuster opening weekend of the futuristic fantasy event of the year 'KOCHADAIIYAAN' - The Legend, at the box office with a massive Rs. 42 crore gross worldwide.The film set the box office ringing with a bumper opening weekend and grossed Rs. 30 crore in India and Rs. 12 crore overseas. Markets with Rajni stronghold like UAE, Malaysia and Singapore have shown superlative performance. With pre-sales from satellite rights in multiple languages, audio and music rights exploitation, brand tie ups and other income, the film is well on its way to cross Rs 100 crores in revenue just after the opening weekend.

Post-release controversies

Filmi Beat reported that Kochadaiiyaan attracted an entertainment tax fraud case for its production company and landed Latha Rajinikanth in trouble over an alleged cheating case

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Lingaa (2014):

...for a detailed storyline, updated box office performance, critical reception, pre-release details and 18 images/ photographs/ stills from all songs of Lingaa.

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