"This is HUGE! #Kaala is the FIRST ever Indian film to be released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia!", Wunderbar Fims, the production company owned by actor Dhanush and his wife Aishwarya said on Twitter.
Also, in the wake of the protest, the screening of the movie has been stalled in Orion mall in Malleswaram, Garuda and Lido malls in Bengaluru central district. Rajinikanth's film must not run. "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. But the state did stick to the letter of the law.
Meanwhile, the initial reports for the Rajinikanth starrer Kaala have been largely positive, with praises pouring in for Rajinikanth and Pa Ranjith. 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. "So we will be happy if it is there". "Depending on the demand, we will increase the number of shows". The expected hype about a Rajini movie was said to be lukewarm even in Chennai, the hotbed of Rajini fan clubs, and also in other centres where he is traditionally known to have a strong following.
But there were fans who took a different view. "We are really big fans of Rajinikanth but especially when it comes to the language and Cauvery river.We are fighting for our rights". Armed with the recent High Court order directing the government "to take adequate steps to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the screening of the film", Karnataka's film distributors have made a decision to go ahead with the release. Reports also said that the distributor's office in Karnataka was attacked.