Rajnikanth speaks during the music launch of Kaala at the YMCA grounds in Chennai.(PTI)
Rajnikanth speaks during the music launch of Kaala at the YMCA grounds in Chennai.(PTI)

Rajinikanth’s Kaala not to have a smooth release in Tamil Nadu

Rajinikanth’s Kaala is about a don, Kaala Karikaalan, hailing from Tamil Nadu and settled in Dharavi, Mumbai.
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By C S Kotteswaran
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2018 08:38 PM IST

Actor Rajnikanth’s film release in Tamil Nadu are usually a ritual for his fans marked with celebrations, but now tempers are running high ahead of the Kaala release on June 7. The back to back statement by Rajnikanth supporting the police action during IPL ban in Chennai and the firing in Thoothukudi has earned more political rivals for the star in Tamil Nadu, which the theatre owners in Chennai fear may affect the smooth release of Kaala.

The Tamil superstar’s statement emphasising that the anti socials were responsible for the Thoothukudi firing and Tamil Nadu will become graveyard if the protests continued for each and every thing has not gone well among the opposition and they had branded Rajnikanth as BJP’s B team.

“The soft approach of Rajnikanth towards the BJP and the AIADMK is to ensure that his movies are released without any hassle and he should ensure that the tickets of his new movie are now sold within the state prescribed rates” said PMK MP and former union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

The DMK leader M K Stalin and AIADMK rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran have now intensified their attack on Rajnikanth for his recent remarks against protestors demanding Cauvery water management board and the closure of sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi.

According to industry sources, the film has already hit the controversy in neighbouring Karnataka with the film distributors and theatre owners showing no interest to screen the big budget movie produced by actor Dhanush, who is also the son in law of Rajnikanth. They are worried about the release in north and south Tamil Nadu, where there are unrest due to fringe elements.

It may be noted that Kaala’s director Pa Ranjith had also made controversial statements against a few pro-Tamil outfits including the Naam Thaamizhar Katchi and its leader Seeman.

However, the statement by Rajinikanth has made the ruling AIADMK and the BJP to inch closer towards the star. Union minister Pon Radhakakrishnan on Saturday urged the Karnataka state administrators to ensure the smooth release of Kaala. And in Tamil Nadu, senior minister D Jayakumar who termed the film Kaala as ‘kaalan’ meaning mushroom that sprouted over last night’s rain later changed his view after Rajini’s speech on Sterlite. The minister last week said Rajinikanth was speaking from his heart and was not playing to the gallery, unlike others.

Top police sources in Chennai confirmed HT that the production firm and theatre owners in Tamil Nadu have asked for additional deployment of police to control the crowd during the release of Kaala.

Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council President and actor Vishal was not available for his comment. Prominent theatre owners in Chennai expressed displeasure over Rajini’s remarks but wished not to go into the details. Tamil Nadu theatre owners Federation president Abhirami Ramanathan was also not available for his comment.

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