When the entire country is gearing up for Super Star Rajinikanth’s next movie Kaala, the flick may not make its way to Karnataka. The Karnataka distributor of the movie, Goldie films on Tuesday announced that it will not release the Rajinikanth starrer. Theater owners have also announced of not screening the movie. Reason behind this backlash is recent comments of Rajinikanth about the Cauvery water dispute.
“We held discussions with the film chamber. The chamber has asked all its members to not release the film in the state. We have voluntarily decided not to release the film considering the sentiments of the people in the state. From what we see, it doesn’t look like this issue is going to be resolved before the movie releases,” said Saurav Sharma, head of Goldie films that has acquired the distribution rights for ‘Kaala’ in Karnataka.
Sa Ra Gonvindu who is the President of Karnataka film chamber of commerce, went a step further to announce that not only Rajinikanth but even Kamal Hassan movies won’t be releasing in Karnataka.
“They have made statements related to Cauvery that are unacceptable to the people of Karnataka. We don’t need their films. Kannadigas are upset with the actor’s statements and so in the interest of the state we are not releasing Kaala,” he said.
The Karnataka film chamber called for a meeting on Tuesday after several Kannada groups called for boycott of the film. Chamber office-bearers say the decision by the distributor who had bought the rights for the film’s release in Karnataka several months ago, has voluntarily chosen not to release the film here as “he doesn’t want to evoke any protests”.
Rajinikanth had reportedly asked the new Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to release to Tamil Nadu it’s share of Cauvery water as mandated by the Supreme Court.
Kumaraswamy hit back at the actor in no time and said “If there is water in Karnataka it is possible for us to give them water. I request Rajinikanth, please come and see the situation in our dams, what has happened to our farmers. After seeing that, if you (Rajinikanth) still want water, let’s discuss.”
(With inputs from agencies)