Chennai: It happens only when superstar Rajinikanth has a kabali film release. Several companies in Chennai and Bengaluru have declared holidays on July 22, the day ‘thalaiva’s’ Kabali is releasing. This, after news started trickling in early Monday that employees from various companies were planning to go on mass sick leave (or simply switch off their phones) to catch the first day first show of their favourite star’s film.
Companies that have issued notices to that effect include Bangalore-based Opus Waterproofing and Chennai-based Fyndus India Pvt Ltd. Some have even volunteered to provide free tickets in a bid to contain piracy.
Speaking to HT, Manoj Pushparaj of Opus Waterproofing said, “This was an internal company circulation which was sent out on Sunday. I could feel the eagerness in my employees, so instead of dealing with mass bunks and mobile switch offs, I came up with the idea of declaring a holiday on July 22 and be a part of the celebration. It would also serve as a motivation to my employees. Like Diwali bonus, we treated them to Kabali bonus.”
Chitra, a business development executive with Fyndus when contacted, confirmed that July 22 had been declared a holiday.