At the famous Kasi theatre in Chennai, many die-hard fans were disappointed as the "first-show tickets were sold to corporates".
KG Sriram, a Thalaiva fan who is used to seeing the first day first show of Rajini's movies, could only get a seat in the 8 am screening.
The package - a Kabali T-shirt and ticket - cost him Rs 1000.
"I reached at 6 am. What I saw initially were less of celebrations and more of protests against the handing out of first day first show tickets to corporates," Sriram said.
But then the Kabali took over...