In what could be perceived as a shocking setback to the Rajinikanth legend, his latest release Kaala has opened to an underwhelming response.
Actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers' Council (TFPC) says it's too early to make any predictions.
Rajinikanth's recent statement that "anti-social elements" were the reason for violence in the protests against Vedanta's Sterlite at Thoothukudi where 13 people were killed in police firing, did not go well with the people of the state.
Kaala is magnum opus directed by Pa Ranjith and produced by Dhanush under his banner Wunderbar Films. How much this has affected the film's opening, I don't know. Nadar moved to Mumbai in 1956 and was a leader for a section of Tamils settled in the slums of Dharavi.
The film, however, will have its full-fledged release in the state on Friday, The New Indian Express reported.
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A statement from the family via in NY spokeswoman on Tuesday had said: "We are all devastated by today's tragedy". I'll miss our 6 to 7-hour-long phone conversations between NY and NM. "I'm off to bed for a good cry".
Earlier, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had suggested voluntarily backing off from the release in view of the sentiments of the protesters.
Reports from Mysuru said the screening of the film was delayed by movie houses due to protests.
However, two cinema theatres in Ballari and Raichur districts chose to screen the movie. "We called for a ban after his statements on Cauvery". Kaala's release seemingly more impacted by politics than even Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat, that was released after the Supreme Court's directions.
Theatres across the state, barring two in Ballari and Raichur districts, refused to screen the film on Thursday despite the Karnataka High Court order asking them to do so, PTI reported.
On the role he is playing in the film, the actor disclosed that he will be seen as the Superstar's son.