‘Kaala’: Rajinikanth-starrer to finally release in Karnataka

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The Karnataka high court had on June 5 directed the state government to provide necessary security for the peaceful release of "Kaala", which pro-Kannada outfits had threatened to stall over the actor's reported remarks on the Cauvery row. Rajinikanth's film must not run.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan is also excited about the film.

"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.

"We are unable to screen "Kaala" film for the time being despite the security provided due to strong protests against its release by the Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists outside", a multiplex official told IANS here. Kaala's release seemingly more impacted by politics than even Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat, that was released after the Supreme Court's directions. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.

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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. The Chamber stated that Rajinikanth's statement on the Cauvery issue reportedly hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas. "I would imagine, (given) the socio-political stand Rajini Sir has taken in the past one year, people might have started looking at him differently from the demi-god that he used to be", said Pookutty. And "Kaala" is no different.

On realising that it was not possible to shoot in Mumbai's Dharavi, the makers recreated Asia's second largest slum in Chennai.

For now, the director didn't think of a new movie with Rajinikanth. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had requested the distributor of "Kaala" not to release it in "this kind of atmosphere", but assured that his government would follow the high court order on the issue. Ever since the release of the trailer, thalaivar's dialogue "Kya re, setting ah?" has gone viral.

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