Helmed by Pa Ranjith, Helmed by Pa Ranjith, Kaala marks the second collaboration of the actor-director duo after their 2016 super hit release Kabali.
Despite the Karnataka high court's direction to the state government to provide security to theatres screening the movie, Kumaraswamy had backed the protesters and requested the makers of the film not to release the movie.
"We are telling them that the issue of sharing Cauvery water is more important than the film", he said. How much this has affected the film's opening, I don't know.
"This is HUGE! #Kaala is the FIRST ever Indian film to be released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia!", Wunderbar Fims, the production company owned by actor Dhanush and his wife Aishwarya said on Twitter.
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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 made a decision to go ahead with the release.
Single screen theatres and multiplexes across Karnataka on Thursday avoided screening the multi-lingual "Kaala" amid vociferous protests by pro-Kannada activists against his remarks on the Cauvery river water issue."We are unable to screen Kaala 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 said. Reports from Hyderabad say that there was just not enough "Rajini money" visible for Kaala - in the form of publicity and merchandise.
Nana Patekar plays the role of villain. Several pro-Kannada groups have also warned theatres not to screen the film if they want to avoid any untoward incident. Rajinikanth's film must not run.
Rajinikanth's "Kaala" tells the story of a slumlord in Mumbai's Dharavi slum who fights for the rights of oppressed Tamils and takes on a politician. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.