Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Rajinikanth's Kaala Screens In Karnataka, But Only After Protests

Rajinikanth's Kaala Screens In Karnataka, But Only After Protests

Fans of the star assembled at most multiplexes since 8am, but theatre owners refused to screen the film.

Meanwhile, the initial reports for the Rajinikanth starrer Kaala have been largely positive, with praises pouring in for Rajinikanth and Pa Ranjith.

The 67-year-old Tamil superstar made a fervent appeal in Kannada to various stakeholders for the screening of the action film across the state a day before the release.

Actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers' Council (TFPC) says it's too early to make any predictions. "We will not allow Tamil films to run". "We will return to protest", a defiant Nagaraj warned.

One fan told NDTV, "We are all fans of Rajinikanth and we love to watch his movies here in Bengaluru".

Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy seemed to tacitly support the protest with his statement requesting distributors and exhibitors not to show the film. "By end of day we had about 50 screens and we are confident of another 125 screens showing it from tomorrow (Friday) morning". "Depending on the demand, we will increase the number of shows". The expected hype about a Rajini movie was said to be lukewarm even in Chennai, the hotbed of Rajini fan clubs, and also in other centres where he is traditionally known to have a strong following. As the film premieres worldwide, fans took to their Twitter handle to give their initial review for the film.

Kaala has released in about 2,000 screens in the country, while Kabali opened across 3,000-3,500 screens in 2016. However, fans of Rajinikanth celebrated the release of "Kaala" in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

Part of this may also have to do with Rajinikanth's recent mixed record at the box office - apart from Kabali, Rajinikanth's last two releases, Lingaa and Kochadaiiyaan, didn't set the cash registers ringing either, earning Rs 149 crore and Rs 70 crore, respectively.

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