Actor Rajinikanth has appealed to people of Karanataka to allow the release of his latest film "Kaala" after the state government banned its release. A report on Hindustan Times affirms that the pre-release business of "Kaala" (through its theatrical and music rights) is Rs. 230 crore, which have already been recovered.
Govindu said the Chamber would not withdraw its objection to the film's release in the state as it was against the public sentiments.
Several pro-Kannada groups have threatened to stall the movie if it is screened despite an earlier ban on it by the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce. There were rumours doing the rounds that Rockline Venkatesh had come forward to release the flick following Rajinikanth's request.
KFCC is miffed with Rajinikanth's reported comments that whichever government comes to power in Karnataka should implement the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water sharing in toto. But with the ongoing protests, it is not clear if the film will have a peaceful screening in the state.
The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to provide security to theatres who want to screen Tamil superstar Rajinikanth's Kaala in Tamil and other versions from Thursday.
In his message, Rajinikanth said, "I understand HD Kumaraswamy's situation".
Mr. Shivanna also told the court that "the State would definitely marshal its forces to discharge its duty of upholding the law and order" if the petitioners provide details of the exhibitors, while pointing out that the representation given by the petitioners with regard to providing protection is "vague and ambiguous". "But according to my observation as an individual, in this kind of atmosphere, it's not good on part of the producers and distributors to release the movie".
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.