A new Rajnikant film release is a must watch for every Indian. But the south Indian superstar’s latest Tamil flick Kuselan is set face a lot of heat when it is released this Friday.
Kannadiga leaders protesting the controversial Hogenakkal drinking water project have decided to mar Kuselan’s first show. Some staged protest outside Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday.
In the state capital, members of Kannada Rakshana Vedike and other organisations held protests in front of several theatres and forced the staff to call off advance booking for the movie. They are angry with Rajnikant for supporting Tamil Nadu’s project to provide drinking water to Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts at a time when Karnataka opposed its implementation.
“We won’t allow his movies here till he personally apologises to Kannadigas and promises not to interfere in the Hogenakkal dispute,” said Shivarame Gowda, spokesman for the Vedike.
On his part, Rajnikant has written to Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) in Kannada that he was pained to know that what he had spoken during the Hogenakal debate had “hurt some people”. “It is against my nature to hurt anybody. My aim, wish and desire is that people should not be put to any inconvenience because of us. As I have said before, my films in Karnataka are viewed not just by Tamils and Kannadigas, but by people of all linguistic backgrounds. So, I seek your cooperation for the release of Kuselan, so that they (fans) do not face any problems," he said.
The superstar’s office in Chennai says the local Film Chamber would take steps to ensure smooth screening of the movie.