Karnataka theatres avoid screening ‘Kaala’ amid protests

Tonya Becker
June 8, 2018

The expected hype about a Rajini movie was said to be lukewarm even in Chennai, the hotbed of Rajini fan clubs, and also in other centres where he is traditionally known to have a strong following.

Miffed with Rajinikanth's comments over Cauvery water, the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on May 29 decided not to allow screening of "Kaala".

One fan told NDTV, "We are all fans of Rajinikanth and we love to watch his movies here in Bengaluru".


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.

The tepid response has led to growing doubts about Rajinikanth's prospects in Tamil Nadu politics, given that Kaala is his first film after he jumped into the political arena.

"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 Karnataka High Court had on Tuesday directed the state government to provide necessary security for the peaceful release of the film. "The list of theatres will later be sent to the police commissioner to ensure security at these theatres", Srinivas said.

Kaala has reportedly not been released in any of the theaters in Bangalore yet. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on Ra.One, Robot etc, agrees that Rajini's politics could be a negative force in his career. 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. Rajinikanth's film must not run.


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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