High Court Orders Protection For Screening Of Rajinikanth's Kaala In Karnataka

Rajinikanth and Mani in Kaala

Stoking a controversy over the release of Rajinikanth-starrer "Kaala" in Karnataka on Thursday, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said makers of the movie should avoid releasing it in the state "considering the situation". The High Court's decision was on a petition filed by Dhanush, the producer of the film, who had sought protection for theatres from protesters who have been opposing the release of the film citing Rajinikanth's remarks on the Cauvery issue. The state government has assured the court about provision of security. As many as ten letters from various pro-Kannada groups have reached the Film Chamber, demanding a ban on Kaala in Karnataka.

"As the head of the Karnataka govt, I have to implement the direction of High Court, it's my responsibility".

Kumaraswamy said that the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has asked the government not to give permission for the release of the Tamil film.

According to reliable sources, Kaala, which was initially banned in Karnataka, will now release in almost 130 screens in the state.

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The piece of advice, "not as Chief Minister but as a Kannadiga", also focused on the financial fallout if the producer and distributors went ahead with the scheduled release. "However, the concerned distributors should provide complete details about theatres and multiplexes where the film would be released", said City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar.

"It is not right to prevent the release of the film in Karnataka just because I said something on Cauvery".

Prakash Raj, who has extended his support to Rajinikanth's Kaala over the release-issues that the movie is facing in Karnataka, has reminded Kamal Haasan about him seeking support from the public when his Vishwaroopam was banned by Tamil Nadu government in 2013.

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