Opposition to 'Kaala' less than expected: Rajini

Rajinikanth, whose Kaala is being opposed by pro-Kannada groups for his comments on sensitive Cauvery issue, said he had faith in JD (S) chief Deve Gowda that he would not let the film to be banned in Karnataka. (PTI file photo)

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday expressed the hope that Karnataka Government will ensure smooth release of his latest film Kaala as any ban on it would amount to “cheating” lakhs of people who wanted to see him back on the silver screen.

Rajinikanth, whose Kaala is being opposed by pro-Kannada groups for his comments on sensitive Cauvery issue, said he had faith in JD (S) chief Deve Gowda that he would not let the film to be banned in Karnataka.

“I don’t think there will be any problems in Kaala releasing in Karnataka because they (some groups) are seeking a ban without any reasons. I am sure (Chief Minister H D) Kumaraswamy knows that what is just because it is not just Tamils, but people who speak other languages as well, who are wanting to watch the film. They should not be cheated,” he told reporters here.

The actor was speaking to reporters at the Chennai Airport on his arrival from Hyderabad, where he attended a pre-release event of Kaala.

“I am sure Government of Karnataka will make all arrangements for the release and even if there are any problems, they will provide security (to theatres that screen the movie). Above all, I am sure elderly Deve Gowda will not allow the film to be banned,” Rajinikanth said.

To a question, the actor, who has announced his intentions to launch a political party, said the opposition to Kaala was less than what he had expected. “I expected much more opposition to Kaala,” he said with his signature laugh – that sets every movie hall on fire.

The superstar also said his visit to Thoothukudi had nothing to do with his movie, Kaala, and asserted that he does not have to promote his films through “such means” at this age. “I don’t have to…by God's grace and due to blessings of the people and my fans, I am sure this movie (will be a success),” the actor said.

Karnataka Government has not yet taken a stand on release of Kaala after exhibitors decided not to screen the movie due to fear of protests. Rajinikanth’s statement also came as his son-in-law and Kaala’s producer-actor Dhanush moved the Karnataka High Court seeking the movie’s release.

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