'Kaala' records lowest ever opening for Rajinikanth film

08 June, 2018, 13:05 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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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. Pa Ranjith has directed this film. 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.

Protestors held demonstrations outside theatres in Bengaluru asking fans to not watch the show. His request came after numerous pro-Kannada outfits threatened to stall the film over Rajinikanth's reported remarks on the Cauvery row involving Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. "We are really big fans of Rajinikanth but especially when it comes to the language and Cauvery river.We are fighting for our rights".

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Single screen theatres and multiplexes across Karnataka on Thursday avoided screening the multi-lingual "Kaala" amid vociferous protests by pro-Kannada activists against his remarks on the Cauvery river water issue."We are unable to screen Kaala 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 said. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.

Starring Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Anjali Patil and Samuthirakani in prominent roles, the film revolves around Kaala (Rajinikanth) as the savior of the people living in Dharavi and the fight against the power-hungry to ensure justice for the oppressed. Even before the release of "Kaala", reports of a third film by the duo have already started doing the rounds. Leading Kannada activists such as Vatal Nagaraj, Sa Ra Govindu and Praveen Shetty were after they led multiple protests, opposing the release of the film. Rajinikanth's film must not run. Don't be surprised if you find Aamir Khan sitting next to you in one of the theatres. 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.

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