Whether in support of the protest or not - theatres which had earlier planned to screen the film, did not do so in the morning, leading to disappointment for Rajinikanth's die-hard fans in the city of his birth, Bengaluru.
Rajinikanth fans can now watch the megastar's latest film, Kaala, in Karnataka.
The 67-year-old Tamil superstar made a fervent appeal in Kannada to various stakeholders for the screening of the action film across the state a day before the release.
According to the reports that have been doing the rounds, Kaala has been leaked online on the very first day of its release. While in the morning, scores of protesters were detained by the police, around 2 pm the movie was screened in Orion Mall in Rajajinagar. They are shutting by themselves and are not screening Kaala.More news: Melania Trump to attend White House reception for Gold Star families
Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy seemed to tacitly support the protest with his statement requesting distributors and exhibitors not to show the film.
Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film. From flocking the theatre screens all across the country for the first show on the first date, the frenzy among the fans has proved to be a huge advantage for the filmmakers. "Depending on the demand, we will increase the number of shows". "The opening of "Kaala" may be on the lower side-I haven't found the time to check-because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much". The Chamber stated that Rajinikanth's statement on the Cauvery issue reportedly hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas.
The actor-turned-politician had said that whichever government came to power in Karnataka should implement the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water sharing in toto.