Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had requested the distributor of "Kaala" not to release it in "this kind of atmosphere", but assured that his government would follow the high court order on the issue. Meanwhile, Vatal Nagaraj and other Kannada activists have been taken into custody.
Whether in support of the protest or not - theatres which had earlier planned to screen the film, did not do so in the morning, leading to disappointment for Rajinikanth's die-hard fans in the city of his birth, Bengaluru. They are shutting by themselves and are not screening Kaala. Rajinikanth said that it was not right to oppose the film for his political views on the Cauvery river water dispute. "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. There was security in all the malls where the screening had been planned with about 50 police personnel both outside the mall and inside near the screening halls.
The film, however, will have its full-fledged release in the state on Friday, The New Indian Express reported. From flocking the theatre screens all across the country for the first show on the first date, the frenzy among the fans has proved to be a huge advantage for the filmmakers. Though the film recorded very low bookings online, the Rajinikanth-starrer is being celebrated by fans across the state. 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, a section of Rajinikanth's audience is not happy with his entry into politics", said Mohan.