Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Kaala faces stiff protests, not released in Bengaluru

Kaala faces stiff protests, not released in Bengaluru

He is a Rajini fan. "The opening of "Kaala" may be on the lower side-I haven't found the time to check-because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much".

The 67-year-old Tamil superstar made a fervent appeal in Kannada to various stakeholders for the screening of the action film across the state a day before the release.

Earlier in the day, over 100 theatres and multiplexes across Karnataka deferred screening the film amid vociferous protests against the film over Rajinikanth's pro-Tamil Nadu stance on the Cauvery river water sharing issue. "We are really big fans of Rajinikanth but especially when it comes to the language and Cauvery river.We are fighting for our rights".

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.

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The Karnataka High Court had on Tuesday directed the state government to provide necessary security for the peaceful release of the film.

But there were fans who took a different view. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. Even before the release of "Kaala", reports of a third film by the duo have already started doing the rounds.

Starring Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Anjali Patil and Samuthirakani in prominent roles, the film revolves around Kaala (Rajinikanth) as the savior of the people living in Dharavi and the fight against the power-hungry to ensure justice for the oppressed. Rajinikanth's film must not run. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.

Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy seemed to tacitly support the protest with his statement requesting distributors and exhibitors not to show the film. "There is no question of seeking an apology but the actor should state that he will help resolve the Cauvery issue", Sa Ra Govindu, president of the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce (KFCC) and pro-Kannada activist said.

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