Hundreds of fans thronged multiplexes such as Inox, PVR, Lido and Garuda in the city to watch the movie on the first day after the exhibitors avoided screening it in the morning and afternoon due to protests by activists of pro-Kannada organisations.
The 67-year-old Tamil superstar made a fervent appeal in Kannada to various stakeholders for the screening of the action film across the state a day before the release. Several pro-Kannada groups have also warned theatres not to screen the film if they want to avoid any untoward incident. Kaala's release seemingly more impacted by politics than even Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat, that was released after the Supreme Court's directions. Now that the film has released all are excited.
Protestors held demonstrations outside theatres in Bengaluru asking fans to not watch the show.
Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on Ra.One, Robot etc, agrees that Rajini's politics could be a negative force in his career. Reportedly, Ranjith initially wanted to make a sequel to "Kabali", but changed his mind after speaking to the Tamil superstar, and ended up making "Kaala" instead.More news: Warriors beat Cavaliers to close in on second straight title
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Trade analyst Atul Mohan says that the buzz for this one is low despite having known faces from Hindi cinema like Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi and Pankaj Tripathi.
On realising that it was not possible to shoot in Mumbai's Dharavi, the makers recreated Asia's second largest slum in Chennai.
"Kaala has been unnecessarily embroiled in the Cauvery controversy". Reports also said that the distributor's office in Karnataka was attacked. In fact, the Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy also went on the record saying that it was not advisable to release "Kaala" in the state following stiff protests.
Memes surrounding Rajinikanth and his dialogues have always been a rage.