Amid protests, Rajini’s Kaala screened in many parts of Karnataka

Sergio Cunningham
June 8, 2018

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. Some of the anger dissipated by the afternoon in Bengaluru as screens operated by Inox Cinemas screened the film.

In Karnataka, the film's release was opposed by some organisations after the southern superstar said the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) on the sharing of the Cauvery river water between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, has to be set up.

Rajinikanth fans can now watch the megastar's latest film, Kaala, in Karnataka.

Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film.

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Activist Vatal Nagaraj told NDTV, "Kaala must not run". As a result, the Tamil film has taken a good opening in the state. "We will protest it and stop it". Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan, who is also fan of Rajinikanth, took to Twitter today morning and said that he can't wait to watch Rajinikanth starrer Kaala. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had requested the distributor of "Kaala" not to release it in "this kind of atmosphere", but assured that his government would follow the high court order on the issue. "By end of day we had about 50 screens and we are confident of another 125 screens showing it from tomorrow (Friday) morning". However, in Mangaluru there were no protests and the number of single screens was increased to three by Thursday evening. 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.

According to the reports that have been doing the rounds, Kaala has been leaked online on the very first day of its release.

Rajinikanth has number of die hard fans as he is popular at global level.

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