Karnataka: Protests hinder screening of Rajinikanth’s film ‘Kaala’


Agitators were seen requesting the 67-year-old actor's fans not to watch the movie for the sake of their Kannada brethren fighting for Cauvery water.

On Wednesday, the Madras high court refused to stay the release of Kaala based on a plea that claimed that the film projected Thiraviyam Nadar and his family in bad light.

In what could be perceived as a shocking setback to the Rajinikanth legend, his latest release Kaala has opened to an underwhelming response. Reported to be made on a budget of Rs 140 crore, "Kaala" is produced by Dhanush's Wunderbar Films. Nadar moved to Mumbai in 1956 and was a leader for a section of Tamils settled in the slums of Dharavi. Protestors held demonstrations outside theatres in Bengaluru asking fans to not watch the show.

"Kaala", which is facing massive protest in Karnataka by pro-Kannada activists, created history by becoming the first Indian film to be screened in deeply conservative country after the return of cinema.

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"If they forcefully release the movie they will have to face the consequences".

Earlier, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had suggested voluntarily backing off from the release in view of the sentiments of the protesters.

Pro-Kannada organisations continued to protest against the handful of multiplex that did decide to screen the movie. "We called for a ban after his statements on Cauvery". Even the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) is reportedly disappointed with Thalaivar over his comments on Cauvery water issue. The film will be screened without any unpleasant incident between police tight security.

The state government's decision to grant permission for special shows for the first two days have also turned out to be a boon for the Rajinikanth-starrer.