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

Amidst Controversy in Karnataka SC Refuses to Stay Release of 'Kaala'

Amidst Controversy in Karnataka SC Refuses to Stay Release of 'Kaala'

Directed by Pa Ranjith, "Kaala" will see Rajinikanth playing a gangster once again on screen.

Cinema halls, where it was to be screened, refused to show the film, leaving cinema goers, especially diehard fans of the Tamil superstar, disappointed.

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

"We are telling them that the issue of sharing Cauvery water is more important than the film", he said.

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. Kaala's release seemingly more impacted by politics than even Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat, that was released after the Supreme Court's directions.

"This is HUGE! #Kaala is the FIRST ever Indian film to be released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia!", Wunderbar Fims, the production company owned by actor Dhanush and his wife Aishwarya said on Twitter.

But there were fans who took a different view.

"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.

Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film. Made on an estimated budget of Rs 140 crore, the broadcasting rights of the film have also been sold to Star TV and Amazon. 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.

Kumaraswamy, who is also a producer and distributor of Kannada films, advised the exhibitors not to show the movie for the time being despite the court's intervention in the larger interest of the state and its people.

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