Widespread protests by pro-Kannada activists marred the screening of the Rajinikanth-starrer "Kaala" in most parts of the state on Thursday.
A large numbers of Rajinikanth's fans, some wearing customised "Kaala" t-shirts, gathered to watch the movie in Chennai's Rohini theatre. "But we hope they have some great story to be shared which may be liked and the film does well", said Mohan. As a result, the Tamil film has taken a good opening in the state.
Kaala is magnum opus directed by Pa Ranjith and produced by Dhanush under his banner Wunderbar Films. 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. Notably, 'Kaala' has to compete with "Jurassic World" of the Steven Spielberg franchise at the same time. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday appealed to the distributor of the film to defer the release of the movie.
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.
Police on guard outside Lido Mall in Bengaluru following protestes by pro Kannada groups against the release of Rajinikanth's latest movie Kaala on Thursday. Even the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) is reportedly disappointed with Thalaivar over his comments on Cauvery water issue.
Yesterday, the Karnataka High Court had asked the state to provide security to the theatres screening the film.
The state government's decision to grant permission for special shows for the first two days have also turned out to be a boon for the Rajinikanth-starrer.
Upset with Rajinikanth's statement over the Cauvery row, a Karnataka film body banned the release of the film earlier this month. Besides the original Tamil version, the film has been released across the country and beyond with sub-titles in Hindi, Telugu and English.