Despite Star Power Of 'Thalaivaa' Rajnikanth , Kaala Opens With Low Numbers

| June 8 , 2018 , 16:57 IST

The Thalaivaa returned to the big screen on Thursday with a bang with "Kaala" directed by Pa Rajnath, featuring Rajnikanth as a powerful don living in the slum of Dharavi and with a strong political message. This is a political film, which is courageous and pertinent and is not shy about revealing its secular and socialist leanings, and its allergy to Hindu nationalism.

The turn-out for Rajnikanth's movie Kaala on opening day failed to match up to the traditional crazy numbers, which previous releases of his movies did. It could be perceived as a shocking set back to the Thalaivaa, as it's the lowest recorded opening. Trade Analysts are hopeful that the film will score well at the ticket counters.  

The movie was shown in dozens of theatres and six multiplexes with tight security after protestors were hurtled away said the police.


The film ran into controversy after Rajnikanth, last month had reportedly said that Karnataka should release Cauvery waters for Tamil Nadu. Following Rajikanth's comments on the issue, many Kannada groups demanded to ban his film.

The Cauvery dispute is a 126-year-long dispute over water sharing between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The states have been in a constant tug of war which state shares how much of river water as per their needs.

"Cauvery water is more important than a Rajinikanth film for us. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. He (Rajinikanth) has hurt us by supporting the cause of Tamil Nadu in the sharing of the river water," said KRV President Praveen Shetty.

Apart from the Cauvery issue, Tamil Nadu minister Jayakumar had alleged that the film's songs were aimed at inciting violence. Many people called the actor-turned into politician a hypocrite for not letting people enjoy the IPL matches in the wake of Cauvery protests but having a grand music launch even as farmers protested.

"Some theatres and multiplexes started screening the film after about 300 protesters were taken away and detained in police stations across the city," a police officer told IANS.

Though the movie's release was not less than a festival to his fans, from fireworks to dance and music his fans celebrated the release of Kaala. The film got a massive release in South Indian states and also became the first movie to release in Saudi Arabia.