Unhappy with Rajinikanth's remarks last month that whichever government came to power in Karnataka should fully implement the Supreme Court's order on Cauvery water sharing, the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has made a decision to not allow the release of "Kaala". "Was it wrong to say that the Supreme Court orders (about Cauvery river water sharing) should be implemented in full", asked Rajinikanth.
Rajnikanth said he has faith that Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy will provide security to theatres screening the film. Talking to reporters outside his Poes Garden residence in Chennai, the actor appealed to all people to help release "Kaala" in Karnataka.
The court also directed the petitioners to submit names of distributors who bought the film's rights and list of exhibitors ready to screen it under security.
In his message, Rajinikanth said, "I understand HD Kumaraswamy's situation". The film is scheduled to release internationally on June 7. "However, the concerned distributors should provide complete details about theatres and multiplexes where the film would be released", said City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar.
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"As head of the Karnataka government, it's my responsibility to implement the judgements and directions of the High Court". Even if they release the movie, it will not be useful to them financially.
Several pro-Kannada groups have threatened to stall the movie if it is screened despite an earlier ban on it by the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce.