Kaala: Rajinikanth’s controversial remarks impact movie’s release in TN, Karnataka

Amidst Controversy in Karnataka SC Refuses to Stay Release of 'Kaala'

A still from 'Kaala'

Rajinikanth starrer "Kaala" was not released in Bengaluru and other parts of the state amidst protest by Pro-Kannada organizations on Thursday.

As Kamala Cinemas claimed that they were forced by the distributors to sell tickets for a higher price as against the government norms, Wunderbar Films that has produced the film, responded on Twitter, "Kamala & Udhayam theaters have not expressed their consent to the similar terms that's been agreed by other cinemas". Armed with the recent High Court order directing the government "to take adequate steps to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the screening of the film", Karnataka's film distributors have chose to go ahead with the release.

While the Madras High Court refused to accede to a plea for an interim stay, a vacation bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices A.K. Goel and Ashok Bhushan did not entertain a plea by K.S. Rajashekaran seeking an injunction.

Kaala has superstar Rajinikanth playing a mass leader of residents in Mumbai's Dharavi.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said the makers should avoid releasing it in the state "considering the situation". Leading Kannada activists such as Vatal Nagaraj, Sa Ra Govindu and Praveen Shetty were after they led multiple protests, opposing the release of the film.

"You want an injunction against the release of the movie". Tweets also suggest that the film was uploaded at 5.28 am in the morning with many fans asking producers to take strict action against Tamilrockers. "We called for a ban after his statements on Cauvery".

Rough estimates say that for Rajinikanth's last film, Kabali, the film was released in more than 300 screens and each screen averaged a take of more than Rs 2 lakh a day.

The Karnataka High Court had on Tuesday directed the state government to provide necessary security for the peaceful release of the film.

Aamir and Rajinikanth have featured together in the 1995 film "Aatank Hi Aatank".

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