Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

'Kaala' records lowest ever opening for Rajinikanth film

'Kaala' records lowest ever opening for Rajinikanth film

They are shutting by themselves and are not screening Kaala.

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 release of his latest release, Kaala, has been no less than a celebration for his fans in the state.

In Chennai, Rajini fans offered milk to the poster of the 67-year-old actor and burst crackers before gathering in large numbers to watch the film in theatres. Armed with the recent High Court order directing the government "to take adequate steps to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the screening of the film", Karnataka's film distributors have made a decision to go ahead with the release.

In Delhi, earlier, the Supreme Court refused to stall the release of the film. However, after 11 am it is likely that the film will begin. It looks like a 1990's film. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had requested the distributor of "Kaala" not to release it in "this kind of atmosphere", but assured that his government would follow the high court order on the issue. Notably, 'Kaala' has to compete with "Jurassic World" of the Steven Spielberg franchise at the same time.

But there were fans who took a different view. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.

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 will not allow Tamil films to run".

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