New Delhi: Rajinikanth’s film Kaala hits theatres across the country on Thursday, after the Supreme Court refused to stop its screening.
Pro-Kannada groups had appealed against the film’s release, protesting against Rajinikanth for his comments on the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
“The Cauvery Management Board should be formed as soon as possible. If the Centre does not do that, it may face the wrath of entire Tamil Nadu,” the actor had said in April.
The release of Kaala in Karnataka comes as a big test for the new chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, who had said the film should not be released in his state “in the present situation”.
The actor appealed to the people of Karnataka and the chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to ensure a smooth release of the movie.
K Rajashekaran had approached the Supreme Court against the May 16 order of the Madras high court which posted his plea against the release of the movie for hearing on June 16.
A vacation bench of the top court on Wednesday refused to stay the release of the movie after hearing a petitioner claimed producers had used his copyright content without permission.
With the release of the film, fans have been out in the wee hours to line up for the first show of the day, even at 4am! While there have been fireworks in the night sky to celebrate the superstar’s film release, some fans in Chennai also poured milk on the posters of the film worshiping their idol.
Here are some glimpses of the craze over Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’: