Amid protests, Rajini’s Kaala screened in many parts of Karnataka

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The expected hype about a Rajini movie was said to be lukewarm even in Chennai, the hotbed of Rajini fan clubs, and also in other centres where he is traditionally known to have a strong following. "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". But after 1 pm, Inox at Mantri Square and PVR at Orion had multiple shows of the film.

Pro-Kannada workers protest outside Balaji theatre in Bengaluru where Rajinikanth's movie Kaala is screening, on June 7, 2018. His request came after numerous pro-Kannada outfits threatened to stall the film over Rajinikanth's reported remarks on the Cauvery row involving Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

"Cauvery water is more important than a Rajinikanth film for us".

Besides the original Tamil version, the film has been released across the country and beyond with sub-titles in Hindi, Telugu and English.

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Armed with the recent High Court order directing the government "to take adequate steps to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the screening of the film", Karnataka's film distributors have made a decision to go ahead with the release.

"The situation is under control and there is no problem in showing the film after the police took away the protesters from the theatres and multiplexes to avoid any untoward incident", the Urvashi theatre owner said.

Rajinikanth's "Kaala" tells the story of a slumlord in Mumbai's Dharavi slum who fights for the rights of oppressed Tamils and takes on a politician. Rajinikanth's film must not run. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. In fact, the Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy also went on the record saying that it was not advisable to release "Kaala" in the state following stiff protests.

Praveen Shetty, an office bearer of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) said they were going from theatre to theatre asking moviegoers to boycott the film.

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