Published On: Thu, Jun 7th, 2018

Rajnikant’s most awaited film released despite delay

Kaala, a film by Indian superstar Rajinikanth, has gone on limited release in the southern state of Karnataka, despite protests.

Screenings earlier on Thursday did not go ahead amid threats from regional groups.

 

The actor got into controversy over remarks on a long-running water dispute

Protesters are furious because they feel the star is against Karnataka, which is in a water dispute with Tamil Nadu, where Rajinikanth lives.

The star has millions of fans, especially in the southern states.

Earlier on Thursday, protesters had reportedly stopped people from buying tickets.

Chaos outside cinema halls prompted a delay in screening the film, even though three different courts refused to prevent its release. It was initially banned by a local film association board last week.

A senior police official told BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi that it seemed that cinema officials had decided not to screen the film. “We have provided security as per the order, but cinema owners haven’t yet begun screening the movie.”

The two states are locked in a battle over the resources of the Cauvery river, which originates in Karnataka and flows through Tamil Nadu. The disagreement goes back more than a century, with both states arguing that they need the water for millions of farmers.

Most recently, India’s top court ordered Karnataka to release more water to Tamil Nadu, adding that it would face “serious consequences” if it failed to do so.

The actor, who has also announced an entry into politics in Tamil Nadu, got into controversy when he said that Karnataka should ensure the order is implemented.

Rajinikanth himself had publicly asked the chief minister of Karnataka to release the film.

“I request you to allow those who want to see the film and allow your corporation to release the movie. This is a humble request from me,” he said, addressing a crowd.

The actor got into controversy over remarks on a long-running water dispute

The actor got into controversy over remarks on a long-running water dispute

But HD Kumaraswamy told reporters on Wednesday evening that he would prefer the movie release to be delayed. “We will follow the high court order but we also need to take the sentiments of people into account,” he said.

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