While the pre-release atmosphere for a Rajinikanth film generally resembles a festival, the excitement this time has been more comprehensible.
Rajinikanth-starrer "Kaala" is set to hit the screens tomorrow.
"If they forcefully release the movie they will have to face the consequences". This is not good for Karnataka.
Meanwhile, the counsel of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce submitted that they had not instructed the protestors or the exhibitors not to exhibit the movie.
Since last week, superstar Rajinikanth's much-awaited "Kaala" has landed in a series of controversies in Karnataka following a ban imposed on the film.
Rajinikanth, who announced his entry to politics in December a year ago, asked Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to release Tamil Nadu its share of the water as mandated by the Supreme Court.
"It is the government's duty to respect the high court's orders". Kumaraswamy said he was talking from experience.
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 Karnataka government had earlier banned the movie, but the High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to provide necessary security for peaceful release of Kaala.
In his message, Rajinikanth said, "I understand HD Kumaraswamy's situation".
"I am also a film distributor and producer".
According to Deccan Herald, Rajinikanth said, "Some people in Karnataka are opposing the release of Kaala and I want to tell them very clearly that my statements on Cauvery were a mere reiteration of what the Supreme Court had said. After there is a solution to this (Cauvery) water issue, then they can release anytime", he said.