All you need to know about the ‘Kaala’ controversy

New Delhi: Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala has been in news for quite some time. Affected by several controversies, the release date of the film was postponed from April 27 to June 7.

Mumbai-based journalist Jawahar Nadar alleges that makers of Kaala have not taken his permission to make the movie on his father, S Thiraviam Nadar, the former godfather of Dharavi. Thiraviam Nadar had relocated to Mumbai looking for small and petty jobs in 1957. He slowly found his way around and eventually became a ‘godfather’. He was also someone who stood by the law and did a lot of good to the people, according to his son.

Series of controversies

  • Rajinikanth’s comments on the decades-old Cauvery dispute had cast an uncertainty over the release of his latest film in Karnataka.
  • Earlier, director Pa Ranjith was accused of taking inspiration from Indian gangster and smuggler Haji Mastan’s life, but later the case was dismissed by the Madras High Court.
  • Jawahar Nadar, son of ‘godfather’ of Dharavi, Thiraviam Nadar, has slapped a ₹101-crore defamation lawsuit against Rajinikanth. Jawahar claimed that Pa Ranjith’s character Karikaalan has been inspired by his father and the film could malign the image of his father and the entire Nadar community.
  • Thiraviam Nadar had passed away in 2003. Reportedly, Jawahar Nadar’s lawyer accused Rajinikanth of portraying late S Thiraviam Nadar in a bad light in the gangster drama.
  • Keeping in view the controversy over the release of Kaala in Karnataka on Thursday, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said makers of the movie should avoid releasing it “considering the situation” in the state.

The resolve

Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce (KFCC) also supported the protests; they did not ban Kaala, but said that releasing the film at this time might not be a good idea. “We will not be responsible for any damage caused to theatres and cinema halls if they want to screen Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan films,” Sa Ra Govindu, president of KFCC said.

Following the protests, producer Dhanush and his wife Aishwarya Rajinikanth filed a petition with the Karnataka high court to seek the release of Kaala in the state and security for those who come to watch the film.

Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha president Vatal Nagaraj, who is leading the protest against Kaala, has reportedly sought an apology from the superstar.

Then the high court on Wednesday asked the state to provide security to the centres screening the movie.

To this, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had said, “It is the government’s duty to respect the high court’s orders. However, my personal opinion, as a Kannadiga, in such situation where there is opposition, it is ideal if they will not release the movie.”

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain the film’s screening saying that it cannot put on hold the screening just a day ahead of its release.

Rajinikanth on Wednesday sought the cooperation of the people of Karnataka for the smooth release of his movie Kaala, which is set to hit the screens on June 7.

Produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films the film also stars Huma Qureshi and Nana Patekar.