Rajinikanth's Kaala Screens In Karnataka, But Only After Protests

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"Rajini Sir's fan club is stronger than ever". "Kaala" landed in a huge controversy in Karnataka after the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce proposed a ban on the Rajinikanth-starrer in the state.

Hundreds of activists of pro-Kannada organisations, including the KRV, gathered outside theatres and multiplexes in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubballi, Mangaluru, Ballari and Belagavi to protest against the film's release."Cauvery water is more important than a Rajinikanth film for us".

The film will hit the theatres in Karnataka, where pro-Kannada groups have been agitating against it, in protest against the actor-turned-politician's remarks on the Cauvery river water dispute. "We are really big fans of Rajinikanth but especially when it comes to the language and Cauvery river.We are fighting for our rights".

"Also his last few films haven't done well".

"The situation is under control and there is no problem in showing the film after the police took away the protesters from the theatres and multiplexes to avoid any untoward incident", the Urvashi theatre owner said.

The film, however, will have its full-fledged release in the state on Friday, The New Indian Express reported. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. Kaala's release seemingly more impacted by politics than even Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat, that was released after the Supreme Court's directions. Produced by Rajinikanth's son-in-law Dhanush under his banner "Wunderbar Films", the film has an enviable supporting cast in Nana Patekar, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Huma Qureshi and Easwari Rao. "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.

Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film.

Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy seemed to tacitly support the protest with his statement requesting distributors and exhibitors not to show the film.

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