Karnataka: Protests hinder screening of Rajinikanth’s film ‘Kaala’

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Karnataka: Protests hinder screening of Rajinikanth’s film ‘Kaala’

In what could be perceived as a shocking setback to the Rajinikanth legend, his latest release Kaala has opened to an underwhelming response.

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

Producer and distributor Kanakapura Srinivas told The New Indian Express that he was getting 250 theatres to agree to screening of the film from Friday onwards. As a result, the Tamil film has taken a good opening in the state.

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However Vishal adds that Kaala may well surprise all the naysayers.

However, besides the piracy website, few cases reported where the audience were caught streaming the film live from thratres. On Wednesday, the actor-turned-politician had appealed to his fans to allow the film, directed by Pa Ranjith, to be released in Karnataka. "But we hope they have some great story to be shared which may be liked and the film does well", said Mohan. Notably, 'Kaala' has to compete with "Jurassic World" of the Steven Spielberg franchise at the same time. "But I would like to act with Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan", the perfectionist had said. "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. The film is facing a "ban" in the state over Rajinikanth's remarks on the controversial issue of sharing of Cauvery river water between the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. Several pro-Kannada groups have also warned theatres not to screen the film if they want to avoid any untoward incident. Besides the original Tamil version, the film has been released across the country and beyond with sub-titles in Hindi, Telugu and English.

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