H.D. Kumaraswamy asks distributors not to release Rajinikanth’s Kaala in Karnataka

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The court was told that there was threat to the film's release.

"If they forcefully release the movie they will have to face the consequences". In doing so, the state government has no other option but to provide protection to the theatres. This is not good for Karnataka.

Since last week, superstar Rajinikanth's much-awaited "Kaala" has landed in a series of controversies in Karnataka following a ban imposed on the film.

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The film ran into trouble in Karnataka due to the lead actor Rajinikanth's statements about the Cauvery water crisis.

They moved court as some pro-Kannada organisations and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce submitted a representation to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy seeking ban of movie over Rajnikanth's views about Cauvery verdict by Supreme Court.

"As head of the Karnataka government, it's my responsibility to implement the judgements and directions of the High Court".

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The hardened stance of the chief minister comes a day after he met with veteran Tamil actor, Kamal Haasan, who offered to help bridge any differences between the two southern states, including in the Cauvery river water issue. Kumaraswamy said he was talking from experience.

Rajinikanth's Kaala is releasing on June 7 and the movie has shown no signs of hitting the screens in Karnataka. Dhanush's council has stated that only after this the distributor and the theaters will be decided and that the producers will also seek the government support.

"However, my personal opinion, as a Kannadiga, in such situation where there is opposition, it is ideal if they will not release the movie", he said hours after the high court's order. "After there is a solution to this (Cauvery) water issue, then they can release anytime", he said.

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