Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

'Kaala' gets opening in Bengaluru after protesters detained

'Kaala' gets opening in Bengaluru after protesters detained

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. From flocking the theatre screens all across the country for the first show on the first date, the frenzy among the fans has proved to be a huge advantage for the filmmakers.

Pro-Kannada workers protest outside Balaji theatre in Bengaluru where Rajinikanth's movie Kaala is screening, on June 7, 2018. "We called for a ban after his statements on Cauvery".

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. Reports from Hyderabad say that there was just not enough "Rajini money" visible for Kaala - in the form of publicity and merchandise.

"The situation is under control and there is no problem in showing the film after the police took away the protesters from the theatres and multiplexes to avoid any untoward incident", the Urvashi theatre owner said.

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Barring the state, the film released worldwide today amid much fanfare. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. Produced by Rajinikanth's son-in-law Dhanush under his banner "Wunderbar Films", the film has an enviable supporting cast in Nana Patekar, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Huma Qureshi and Easwari Rao.

"Also his last few films haven't done well". Rajinikanth's film must not run.

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on Ra.One, Robot etc, agrees that Rajini's politics could be a negative force in his career. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.

Kumaraswamy, who is also a producer and distributor of Kannada films, advised the exhibitors not to show the movie for the time being despite the court's intervention in the larger interest of the state and its people.

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