Demonstrations were held in front of all the theatres in the city where the film was to be screened. His request came after numerous pro-Kannada outfits threatened to stall the film over Rajinikanth's reported remarks on the Cauvery row involving Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
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.
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Hundreds of activists also protested at Mysuru, Hubballi, Mangaluru, Ballari and Belagavi. "We are really big fans of Rajinikanth but especially when it comes to the language and Cauvery river.We are fighting for our rights". Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. "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. But after 1 pm, Inox at Mantri Square and PVR at Orion had multiple shows of the film.
Barring the state, the film released worldwide today amid much fanfare. "I would imagine, (given) the socio-political stand Rajini Sir has taken in the past one year, people might have started looking at him differently from the demi-god that he used to be", said Pookutty.
"It is also unfortunate that even the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), which promotes Kannada films and supports the fraternity, is preventing "Kaala" by siding with protestors and denying Rajinikanth fans their fundamental right to watch his movie".
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Kaala has reportedly not been released in any of the theaters in Bangalore yet.
Starring Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Anjali Patil and Samuthirakani in prominent roles, the film revolves around Kaala (Rajinikanth) as the savior of the people living in Dharavi and the fight against the power-hungry to ensure justice for the oppressed.
Rajinikanth's film releases are nothing short of a celebration.
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