Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

'Kaala' records lowest ever opening for Rajinikanth film

'Kaala' records lowest ever opening for Rajinikanth film

Though police were deployed at some 120 theatres and multiplexes where the film was to be screened on the Karnataka High Court's direction on Tuesday, morning and afternoon shows were cancelled to avoid untoward incidents. Rajinikanth's film must not run. Helmed by Pa Ranjith, Helmed by Pa Ranjith, Kaala marks the second collaboration of the actor-director duo after their 2016 super hit release Kabali.

"Also his last few films haven't done well". "The list of theatres will later be sent to the police commissioner to ensure security at these theatres", Srinivas said.

"We are unable to screen "Kaala" film 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 told IANS here.

Kaala has reportedly not been released in any of the theaters in Bangalore yet.

One man outside Orion Mall said, "If even today he gives a report that I am not supporting this, we the Kannadigas will support Rajinikanth".

Back in India, the film was released to positive response with fans queueing up outside theatres to catch an early show of superstar's latest.

Rajinikanth's "Kaala" tells the story of a slumlord in Mumbai's Dharavi slum who fights for the rights of oppressed Tamils and takes on a politician. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.

The film has been at the centre of controversies over Rajinikanth's Cauvery remarks. In fact, the Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy also went on the record saying that it was not advisable to release "Kaala" in the state following stiff protests. "There is no question of seeking an apology but the actor should state that he will help resolve the Cauvery issue", Sa Ra Govindu, president of the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce (KFCC) and pro-Kannada activist said. Ever since the release of the trailer, thalaivar's dialogue "Kya re, setting ah?" has gone viral.

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