SC clears decks for 'Kaala' release

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 06, 2018 01:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to stall the release of Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala which is scheduled to hit theatres tomorrow.

A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain a plea by K S Rajashekaran, who sought an injunction against release of the movie.

'You want an injunction against the release of the movie. Everybody is waiting for the film to be released,' the bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioner.

The petitioner has approached the apex court against the 16 May order of the Madras High Court which has posted his plea against the release of the movie for hearing on 16 June.

The petitioner has claimed that his copyright-protected work related to story scenes and songs were used by the producer of the movie without prior permission.

NOT A GOOD MOVE: RAJINI

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth, today appealed to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to provide security at theatres that wished to screen the film as it releases nationwide tomorrow.

Several pro-Kannada groups have threatened to stall the movie if it is screened despite an earlier ban on it by the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce. A huge section of the film fraternity in the State has admitted to being hugely upset by the superstar's remarks on Cauvery water row.

In his message, Rajinikanth said, 'I understand HD Kumaraswamy's situation. This is not good for Karnataka. When the film is released around the world, the Karnataka ban would highlight the issue (Cauvery water dispute)'.

He added an appeal to the State film chamber in Kannada, asking them to allow the release of the movie. 'The Film Chambers is supposed to ensure that there's no problem for distributors. It is not right that the Karnataka Film Chamber demands Kaala ban,' Rajinikanth said. He also said he spoke nothing wrong in Cauvery issue and said it is not right to stop the movie's release.

TO RELEASE IN 130 SCREENS IN KARNATAKA

Meanwhile, sources say that all decks for release in Karnataka may be cleared today and that the movie would be out in 130 cinema halls.

Advance bookings would open tonight. Head of Tamil Film Producers Council Vishal and Prakashraj held discussions with their counterparts in Karnataka to ensure smooth release of the movie.

Also South India Film Chamber of Commerce shot a letter to Karnataka Film Chamber to see to it that Kaala is out without any hassle.

TICKETS AT AFFORDABLE RATES

Sources say that ticket bookings in Tamilnadu are on at brisk pace. Special shows have been lined up early in the morning at 4 am. Fans are delighted as tickets are being sold at rates prescribed by the State government and no extra money is being charged.

Fans have decorated cinema halls in a grand manner. Posters, banners and festoons have been erected at almost all cinema halls.

OFF TO DEHRADUN

Rajinikanth left for Dehradun today to shoot for his next film, to be directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The movie also has Vijay Sethupathi and Bobby Simha in the cast. Music is by Anirudh. The team would be camping there for a month and complete important scenes.