Certain organisations and persons related to the Kannada film industry have been opposing the release of the film, protesting against statements made by Mr. Rajinikanth on the Cauvery water sharing issue.
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. Talking to reporters outside his Poes Garden residence in Chennai, the actor appealed to all people to help release "Kaala" in Karnataka.
Rajnikanth said he has faith that Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy will provide security to theatres screening the film. The Additional Advocate General, Shivanna, told the court that the government has not received a list of theatres, dates and other details of release for it to take action.
As head of K'taka govt, I have to implement the direction of High Court, it's my responsibility. "A chamber of commerce should facilitate the release of a film and not prevent it", Rajinikanth said.
"Kannadigas are upset with Rajinikanth's comments on the Cauvery issue and so his film will not be released in Karnataka".
"I am also a film distributor and producer". He said that as a producer and a distributor himself, the movie will not financially benefit them even if it is released. "After there is a solution to this (Cauvery) water issue, then they can release anytime", he said.
Dhanush approached the Karnataka High Court regarding the "Kaala" release and the hearing came up today.