Rajnikath’s ‘Kaala’ is at the centre of a huge controversy – perhaps the scale of which has never bene experienced by the superstar.
The controversy had a great impact in Karnataka. The makers of the movie need to refrain from, releasing the movie in the state while “considering the situation”, said Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy.
The Karnataka high court had earlier in the day directed the state government to provide enough security to the centres that were screening the movie and the comments of Kumaraswamy followed that court direction.
“It is the government’s duty to respect the high court’s orders. However, my personal opinion, as a Kannadiga, in such situation where there is opposition, it is ideal if they will not release the movie,” said Kumaraswamy.
Kumaraswamy further said that there was discrimination against Kannada movies, while citing an example from an incident that took place two years ago when, despite being dubbed in Tamil, the Kannada movie ‘Nagarahavu’ was reportedly forced to be pulled down from movie theatres in Tamil Nadu.
Kumaraswamy said “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.”
Earlier in the day, a ruling by the Karnataka high court directed the producers of the film, Wunderbar Films, to submit a list of the theatres where the movie would be screened in the state so that police protection could be ensured.
Even while Kumaraswamy made such comments about the fate of the movie suggesting that the makers of the movie should not release the film in Karnataka, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to order a stay on the release of Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala. The movie will hit the screens on June 7.
Justices AK Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to hear the plea requesting issuing a stay order on the release of the film. The appeal to the apex court was made by one KS Rajashekaran, who wanted an injunction against release of the movie
The Supreme Court bench told the advocate of the petitioner: “You want an injunction against the release of the movie. Everybody is waiting for the film to be released.”
According to the petition of Rajashekaran, no prior permission was taken by the makers of the film despite his work being a copyrighted one. According to the court, as the original copywriter of the piece, the petitioner is eligible to claim damages if the claims were true.
On May 16 the petitioner had moved to the Supreme Court. His plea was against the order of the Madras High Court which has posted his plea against the release of the movie for hearing on June 16.
(Adapted from TheHindustanTimes.com)