Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Karnataka HC clears decks for release of Rajinikanth's 'Kaala' in state

Karnataka HC clears decks for release of Rajinikanth's 'Kaala' in state

Mr Kumaraswamy, who took charge two weeks ago, has been accused by many of bowing to groups who are upset with Rajinikanth over his comments on the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The film is scheduled to release on Thursday.

A pro-Kannada organisation, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, today staged a protest against "Kaala" in Bengaluru.

On several counts, Kaala doesn't seem like a Rajinikanth film. "From what we see, it doesn't look like this issue is going to be resolved before the movie releases", Sharma earlier told IBTimes.

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. While they did not ban Kaala, they did say that releasing the film at this time might not be a good idea.

The high court on Wednesday asked the state to provide security to the centres screening the movie.

State's Additional Advocate General A.G. Shivanna told the court during the hearing that the state government did not ban the screening of the film but the distributors and exhibitors had voluntarily decided not to screen it to avoid any law and order problem.

"As head of the Karnataka government, it's my responsibility to implement the judgements and directions of the High Court". However, chief minister Kumarasamy said the makers of the film should avoid releasing it in the state "considering the situation".

Even if they release the movie, it will not be useful to them financially. So for those who want to watch the film, please do not disrupt it. In doing so, the state government has no other option but to provide protection to the theatres.

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