Rajinikanth-starrer film "Kaala" on Thursday became the first ever Indian film to release in Saudi Arabia after theatres were opened in the conservative country in April after 35 years hiatus.
A day after the Karnataka High Court ordered the State government to give police protection to theatres screening the film, the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court refused to stay the release of the film, which has been facing legal and political hurdles.
In Bengaluru, single-screen theaters known to release Tamil movies are not screening the movie amidst protests. A morning show in Lido Mall on MG Road had to be cancelled and money was refunded to all customers. The protestors gathered at Orion Mall in Yeshwantpur in Bengaluru and raised slogans and waved flags before being taken away by the police.More news: Trade spat looms as Trump heads for hostile G7
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"Cauvery water is more important than a Rajinikanth film for us". They are shutting by themselves and are not screening Kaala. In fact, the Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy also went on the record saying that it was not advisable to release "Kaala" in the state following stiff protests. Kaala's day. Rajini's "Kaala" has hit the screens and has been receiving an overwhelming reception from fans.
Well, all the fans of the Superstar and the genuine movie lovers have been shocked by the reports.
But there were fans who took a different view. "He (Rajinikanth) has hurt us by supporting the cause of Tamil Nadu in the sharing of the river water", KRV president Praveen Shetty told reporters here. Don't be surprised if you find Aamir Khan sitting next to you in one of the theatres. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone. Directed by Pa Ranjith, "Kaala" will see Rajinikanth playing a gangster once again on screen.