Rajinikanth's Kaala a no show in Karnataka as protesters stop screening

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Well, all the fans of the Superstar and the genuine movie lovers have been shocked by the reports. There is injustice happening to us.

Actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers' Council (TFPC) says it's too early to make any predictions.

Meanwhile, theatres in Karnataka are avoiding screening "Kaala", amid protests. "How can we stop the release?" the bench said.

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had requested the distributor of "Kaala" not to release it in "this kind of atmosphere", but said his government would follow the high court order on the issue. But the state did stick to the letter of the law. The movie has been marred by controversies - like single screen theatres and multiplexes across Karnataka avoiding the screening of Kaala amid vociferous protests by pro-Kannada activists against Rajinikanth's remarks on the Cauvery river water issue.

Regretting that thousands of fans in the state, especially in cosmopolitan Bengaluru were being denied their legitimate right to watch a Rajinikanth movie, Sambargi said a bad precedence was being set despite the court's directive to allow its screening under police protection, as the exhibitors fear reprisal from the fringe elements and irrational protestors. "So we will be happy if it is there".

In Chennai, Rajini fans offered milk to the poster of the 67-year-old actor and burst crackers before gathering in large numbers to watch the film in theatres.

Kaala marks the second collaboration of director Pa Ranjith and Rajinikanth, after Kabali. As the film premieres worldwide, fans took to their Twitter handle to give their initial review for the film. The socio-political flick produced by Dhanush's Wunderbar Films talks about the importance of land rights and equality. "He (Rajinikanth) has hurt us by supporting the cause of Tamil Nadu in the sharing of the river water", KRV president Praveen Shetty told reporters here. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.

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