Kanakapura Srinivas takes a chance, will release Rajinikanth-starrer in limited screens

Cristina Cross
June 7, 2018

A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain plea of the petitioner who claims to be the original scripwriter of the film and told him that he may be compensated in future if the court gives verdict in his favour, but release of the film can not be stayed. 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. "[But] Everybody is waiting for the film to be released".

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 movie was supposed to be released by Goldie Films, which backed off after the protests by pro-Kannada groups heated up.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the release of Pa Ranjith's film Kaala, starring Rajinikanth, PTI reported.

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The Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has bowled a googly stating that as the CM he is bound to listen to the High Court and provide protection to theaters screening "Kaala" but as an individual his feeling is that the film should not be released as it could cause trouble for the people. "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". "I had demanded the Cauvery Water Management Board to be formed and all the dams to come under the board's control". But Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that the timing was not good for the release of the film. "The petitioners say the movie is made a budget of Rs 140 crore and they are expecting gross revenue of Rs 15 - 20 crore from Karnataka". The high court is likely to take up the matter for discussion on Tuesday.

Now for the movie to be declared a hit, it needs another Rs. 280 crore, which looks quite possible for the movie, considering how the megastar's last film "Kabali" collected Rs. 650 crore worldwide, with Rs. 259 overseas business.

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