Give security to my film 'Kaala' in your state, Rajinikanth tells Kumaraswamy

Give security to my film 'Kaala' in your state, Rajinikanth tells Kumaraswamy

The film is scheduled to release on Thursday.

The actor added an appeal to the state film chambers in Kannada, asking them to allow the release of the movie. The Additional Advocate General, Shivanna, told the court that the government has not received a list of theatres, dates and other details of release for it to take action. This is not good for Karnataka.

Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce also supported the protests. "When the film is released around the world, the Karnataka ban would highlight the issue (Cauvery water dispute)".

Despite the uncertainty in Karnataka, Rajinikanth's much-awaited gangster drama Kaala Karikaalan has already earned a massive Rs. 230 crore from theatrical and music rights, reports Hindustan Times. A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain a plea by K S Rajashekaran, who sought an injunction against release of the movie.

Rajinikanth, who announced his entry to politics in December previous year, asked Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to release Tamil Nadu its share of the water as mandated by the Supreme Court.

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"As head of the Karnataka government, it's my responsibility to implement the judgements and directions of the High Court".

Kumaraswamy, who hails from the movie industry himself, said that there were many instances of Kannada movies being discriminated in the neighbouring state.

The hardened stance of the chief minister comes a day after he met with veteran Tamil actor, Kamal Haasan, who offered to help bridge any differences between the two southern states, including in the Cauvery river water issue.

His statements came even after the Karnataka high court asked the state government to provide security to theatres screening the film.