SC refuses to stall release of Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’

New Delhi: Supreme Court refuses to stall the release of Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala which is scheduled to hit screens on Thursday.

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 statement comes as the Karnataka high court on June 5 had asked the state to provide security to the centres screening the movie.

Kumaraswamy 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.”

Rajinikanth had also appealed to the Kannadigas to allow the film a smooth theatrical release, “To our Kannada brothers, I appeal to you, I have done no wrong. So for those who want to watch the film, please do not disrupt it. I humbly appeal to you to not trouble the film goers.”

He added, “I understand HD Kumaraswamy’s situation. This is not good for Karnataka. When the film is released around the world, the Karnataka ban would highlight the issue (Cauvery water dispute)”.

(With input from agencies)