Karnataka must provide security for Kaala: High Court

Mumbai Journalist Threatens To Sue Rajinikanth For'Kaala, Wants Apology

The court asked for a list of screens where the film is being released so that security can be arranged. The uncertainty is lingering over "Kaala" release and no one knows how anyone can go and watch the movie in Karnataka when the activists might be agitating outside the theatres.

Add to that the film's overseas theatrical rights (Rs. 45 crore), its broadcast rights (Rs. 70 crore) and its music rights (Rs. 5 crore) and we have a whopping pre-release collection of Rs. 230 crore. The pro-Kannada parties held dharnas in front of a few multiplexes and also burnt posters of the film in Bengaluru. The court heard the case after pro-Kannada groups demanded that the movie not be released in the state over remarks by Rajinikanth about the contentious Cauvery river water sharing issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. There were rumours doing the rounds that Rockline Venkatesh had come forward to release the flick following Rajinikanth's request.

The report assigns a box-office target of Rs. 280 crore (excluding the Karnataka release) for Kaala to become a blockbuster, which looks like a no-brainer for a major Rajini-starrer.

He also assured the court that the state government would provide security to theatres screening the film in the state.

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The actor said, "Some people are opposing the release of my movie".

Mr. Shivanna also told the court that "the State would definitely marshal its forces to discharge its duty of upholding the law and order" if the petitioners provide details of the exhibitors, while pointing out that the representation given by the petitioners with regard to providing protection is "vague and ambiguous". "When the film is released around the world, the Karnataka ban would highlight the issue (Cauvery water dispute) in Kannada, asking them to allow the release of the movie".

He said, "As head of the Karnataka government, it's my responsibility to implement the judgment and directions of the high court".

Kaala marks Rajinikanth's return to the big screen after two years. If the content of the film is better than the director Pa. Ranjith's previous Rajinikanth film Kabali, it will take off with a flying start.

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