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.
Justice G. Narendar’s interim order came on a petition filed on Monday by the film’s producer Dhanush and director Aishwarya, seeking its direction for police protection to exhibitors from pro-Kannada activists, who opposed the film’s screening to protest the megastar’s recent remarks on the sharing of the Cauvery river water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
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. I had demanded Cauvery Management Board to be formed and all dams should come under its control and this is what the court also said.”
He also added: “Please don’t think we are hell-bent on releasing the film only in Karnataka, it is going to open in theatres across the world and if the movie is not released only in Karnataka it would not be good for the state.”
There was also a post from Times Now, this morning, stating the same.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) June 6, 2018
Dhanush is Rajinikanth’s son-in-law and Aishwarya is his daughter.
State’s Additional Advocate General A.G. Shivanna told the court during the hearing that the state government did not ban the screening of the film but the distributors and exhibitors had voluntarily decided not to screen it to avoid any law and order problem.
He also assured the court that the state government would provide security to theatres screening the film in the state.
The court also directed the petitioners to submit names of distributors who bought the film’s rights and list of exhibitors ready to screen it under security.