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

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Rajinikanth said that it was not right to oppose the film for his political views on the Cauvery river water dispute.

The 67-year-old Tamil superstar made a fervent appeal in Kannada to various stakeholders for the screening of the action film across the state a day before the release. Fans of the star assembled at most multiplexes since 8am, but theatre owners refused to screen the film.

"Rajini Sir's fan club is stronger than ever". The verdict was this is more of a Ranjith film than a Rajinikanth film.

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The Karnataka High Court had on Tuesday directed the state government to provide necessary security for the peaceful release of the film. In what is being perceived as a shocking setback to the Superstar's legend, his latest release Kaala is reported to have opened to a rather underwhelming response. It looks like a 1990's film.

"Kaala has to compete with a Steven Spielberg franchise Jurassic World which is a huge event".

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on "Ra.One", "Robot" etc, has also been quoted saying that Rajini's politics could be a negative force in his career.

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Chennai: Rajinikanth fans gave a loud welcome to their Thalaivar's new film on Thursday in Chennai even as critics and cineastes gave it a positive review. Several pro-Kannada groups have also warned theatres not to screen the film if they want to avoid any untoward incident. "We will not allow Tamil films to run".

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.

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