Give security to my film 'Kaala' in your state, Rajinikanth tells Kumaraswamy

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Newly elected Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said that releasing Tamil superstar Rajinikanth-starrer film Kaala is not a good idea, given the "present atmosphere" in the state.

The appeal comes close on the heels of Tuesday's Karnataka High Court order that left room for theatres to screen the movie if they wanted.

Several pro-Kannada groups have threatened to stall the movie - scheduled to release on Thursday, June 7 - over Rajinikanth's remarks on the Cauvery water sharing row. The state government has assured the court about provision of security.

According to reliable sources, Kaala, which was initially banned in Karnataka, will now release in almost 130 screens in the state.

A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain plea of the petitioner who claims to be the original scripwriter of the film and told him that he may be compensated in future if the court gives verdict in his favour, but release of the film can not be stayed. "When the film is released around the world, the Karnataka ban would highlight the issue (Cauvery water dispute)". "The distributors and exhibitors all have to be brought together by the KFCC to ensure a film's release", he said.

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

Kumaraswamy said, "It is the government's duty to respect the high court's orders".

"Some people in Karnataka are opposing the release of Kaala and I want to tell them very clearly that my statements on Cauvery were a mere reiteration of what the Supreme Court had said", Rajinikanth said, according to Deccan Herald.