Rajinikanth's Kaala a no show in Karnataka as protesters stop screening

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As directed by the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday, the state government deployed adequate police personnel at the theatres and multiplexes for the protection of fans and safety of public property after the activists urged distributors and exhibitors to avoid screening the film. Rajinikanth's film must not run.

"Kabali" and 'Kaala' had surprised audiences big time, not because of the content but because Rajinikanth gave chance to the same director back-to-back for two films despite the fact that the first movie, "Kabali" couldn't reach up to the expectations. Media analysts say that the response to the film could be a result of people taking a stand against the Superstar's views on issues such as the Cauvery dispute with Karnataka. "The list of theatres will later be sent to the police commissioner to ensure security at these theatres", Srinivas said.

"This is HUGE! #Kaala is the FIRST ever Indian film to be released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia!", Wunderbar Fims, the production company owned by actor Dhanush and his wife Aishwarya said on Twitter. Even before the release of "Kaala", reports of a third film by the duo have already started doing the rounds.

Cinema halls, where it was to be screened, refused to show the film, leaving cinema goers, especially diehard fans of the Tamil superstar, disappointed. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.

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One fan told NDTV, "We are all fans of Rajinikanth and we love to watch his movies here in Bengaluru".

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. Nadar moved to Mumbai in 1956 and was a leader for a section of Tamils settled in the slums of Dharavi.

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Praveen Shetty, an office bearer of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) said they were going from theatre to theatre asking moviegoers to boycott the film.

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