The multilingual "Kaala" film of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth was shown from Thursday evening in a dozen theatres and six multiplexes here amid tight security after protesters were whisked away and detained, police said.
In Bengaluru, single-screen theaters known to release Tamil movies are not screening the movie amidst protests. They were reopened in April and American superhero movie "Black Panther" became the first movie to be screened in the kingdom in decades.
Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy seemed to tacitly support the protest with his statement requesting distributors and exhibitors not to show the film. Rajinikanth said that it was not right to oppose the film for his political views on the Cauvery river water dispute.
According to reports, round 300 police personnel have been deployed near town hall to avoid untoward incidents. Kaala's day. Rajini's "Kaala" has hit the screens and has been receiving an overwhelming reception from fans. From flocking the theatre screens all across the country for the first show on the first date, the frenzy among the fans has proved to be a huge advantage for the filmmakers. 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 chose to go ahead with the release. Don't be surprised if you find Aamir Khan sitting next to you in one of the theatres.
Earlier in the day, over 100 theatres and multiplexes across Karnataka deferred screening the film amid vociferous protests against the film over Rajinikanth's pro-Tamil Nadu stance on the Cauvery river water sharing issue.