Karnataka theatres avoid screening Rajinikanth's 'Kaala' amid protests

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He is a Rajini fan. Directed by Pa Ranjith, this is the second time the filmmaker is collaborating with Rajinikanth after "Kabali". But after 1 pm, Inox at Mantri Square and PVR at Orion had multiple shows of the film.

Protestors held demonstrations outside theatres in Bengaluru asking fans to not watch the show. The film is facing a "ban" in the state over Rajinikanth's remarks on the controversial issue of sharing of Cauvery river water between the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

As the admirers celebrated the release of the much-awaited film by dancing to the beat of the drums, the skies too opened up to match the footsteps of Rajini lovers. Reports from Hyderabad say that there was just not enough "Rajini money" visible for Kaala - in the form of publicity and merchandise.

The film, however, will have its full-fledged release in the state on Friday, The New Indian Express reported.

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.

Rajinikanth's film releases are nothing short of a celebration. As the film premieres worldwide, fans took to their Twitter handle to give their initial review for the film. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.

Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy seemed to tacitly support the protest with his statement requesting distributors and exhibitors not to show the film. Made on an estimated budget of Rs 140 crore, the broadcasting rights of the film have also been sold to Star TV and Amazon. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone. Even the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) is reportedly disappointed with Thalaivar over his comments on Cauvery water issue.

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