Superstar Rajinikanth urges fans to allow release of ‘Kaala’ in Karnataka

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Kollywood Actor Stoking a controversy over the release of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kaala’ in Karnataka on Thursday, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said makers of the movie should avoid releasing it in the state “considering the situation”. The statement comes as the Karnataka high court had earlier in the day asked the state to provide security to the centres screening the movie. Rajinikanth asked what was wrong with his comments on the Cauvery water dispute, and said he only wanted the Supreme Court order to be implemented.

Talking to reporters outside his Poes Garden residence in Chennai, the actor appealed to all people to help release “Kaala” in Karnataka. “Groups opposing the release of my film over my statements can feel free to come and meet me. But it is not right to prevent the release,” he said.

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has banned the release of “Kaala” in Karnataka over the actor’s statement on Cauvery. “A chamber of commerce should facilitate the release of a film and not prevent it,” Rajinikanth said.

By using films to send socially-relevant and political messages, Rajinikanth was only following a trend set in Tamil Nadu by MG Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi, J Jayalalithaa, and many others.

If Rajinikanth is considered a political leader and his outfit is seen as an option in Tamil Nadu, it is because he has made himself familiar to the people through his movies and the work done by his fan associations across the state. What makes him relevant today is the body of work through which he has spoken

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