Unhappy with Rajinikanth's remarks last month that whichever government came to power in Karnataka should fully implement the Supreme Court's order on Cauvery water sharing, the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has made a decision to not allow the release of "Kaala".
Several pro-Kannada groups have threatened to stall the movie - scheduled to release on Thursday, June 7 - over Rajinikanth's remarks on the Cauvery water sharing row. We don't want to interfere with its release, the apex court said while refusing to stay the release of the movie.
Rajnikanth appealed to his Kannada brothers to help release the movie and to let people watch it.
After the Karnataka High Court directed the state government to provide the necessary security for peaceful release of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Kaala", Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy suggested that the film's release should be deferred as the atmosphere in the state is not conducive.
The court asked for a list of screens where the film is being released so that security can be arranged.
In his message, Rajinikanth said, "I understand H D Kumaraswamy's situation".
"As the head of the Karnataka govt, I have to implement the direction of High Court, it's my responsibility". A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain a plea by K S Rajashekaran, who sought an injunction against release of the movie.
Prakash Raj, who has extended his support to Rajinikanth's Kaala over the release-issues that the movie is facing in Karnataka, has reminded Kamal Haasan about him seeking support from the public when his Vishwaroopam was banned by Tamil Nadu government in 2013.