Kaala: Rajinikanth’s controversial remarks impact movie’s release in TN, Karnataka

Rosalie Gross
June 8, 2018

He is a Rajini fan. Tweets also suggest that the film was uploaded at 5.28 am in the morning with many fans asking producers to take strict action against Tamilrockers. His request came after numerous pro-Kannada outfits threatened to stall the film over Rajinikanth's reported remarks on the Cauvery row involving Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

As the admirers celebrated the release of the much-awaited film by dancing to the beat of the drums, the skies too opened up to match the footsteps of Rajini lovers.

Though police were deployed at some 120 theatres and multiplexes where the film was to be screened on the Karnataka High Court's direction on Tuesday, morning and afternoon shows were cancelled to avoid untoward incidents. Even before the release of "Kaala", reports of a third film by the duo have already started doing the rounds.

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"This may be due to some of the factors like couple of postponements in release date, Ramzan period, particularly the week before Eid which is dullest for business, as next Friday the big film of Salman Khan releases". "The list of theatres will later be sent to the police commissioner to ensure security at these theatres", Srinivas said. "I would imagine, (given) the socio-political stand Rajini Sir has taken in the past one year, people might have started looking at him differently from the demi-god that he used to be", said Pookutty.

Rajinikanth's film releases are nothing short of a celebration. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. With a day to go before the film hits theatres, the film has already earned Rs. 230 crore from its theatrical and music rights.Rajinikanth and Pa. Ranjith's previous film, "Kabali", had minted Rs. 218 crore ahead of its release. "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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