Karnataka High Court's decision on Dhanush's petition for 'Kaala' release

After the high court's order on Tuesday, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said he would comply with the court's order but suggested "as an individual" the timing wasn't right for the film's release.

State's Additional Advocate General A.G. Shivanna told the court during the hearing that the state government did not ban the screening of the film but the distributors and exhibitors had voluntarily decided not to screen it to avoid any law and order problem. "However, personally, speaking as a Kannadiga, I will say that considering the situation in the state, the makers should themselves not release the movie", he said. This is not good for Karnataka. The distributor, who had acquired the rights of the film, has backed out of releasing the flick to support the ban call given by the Kannada outfits.

Owing to Rajinikanth's stand on the formation of Cauvery Management Board, the pro-Kannada groups have threatened to stall the release of Kaala in Karnataka. "A chamber of commerce should facilitate the release of a film and not prevent it", Rajinikanth said. His response comes after the Ulayanayagan refused to take up the issue with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy during his meeting on Monday, June 4.

Everybody is anxiously waiting for the release of the movie.

"As per High Court directions, elaborate police security arrangements would be made at theaters where Kaala film releases".

"As a government we will take all necessary measures, but if some organisations protest and because of this people don't turn up, under such circumstances, and when they don't allow our movies to be released, I feel they should not release the movie", Kumaraswamy said.

  • Jacqueline Ellis