Superstar Rajinikanth has sarcastically said he expected more trouble and opposition for his upcoming film Kaala, which is set to hit the screens on June 7 (Thursday).
Speaking to reporters at the Chennai airport after returning from Hyderabad where he attended an event to promote Kaala, Rajini said, “I expected more protests (against Kaala).”
On claims that he visited shoot out victims in Thoothukudi only for Kaala promotion, he said, “fans and people know about me and my 43 years of cinema life. There is no necessity for me to do this.”
Meanwhile, makers of Kaala on Monday approached the Karnataka High Court seeking the release of the film in Karnataka, where Rajini’s remarks on the release of Cauvery waters have hugely upset the film fraternity.
The superstar’s latest offering is slated to be released across the country on Thursday. But in Karnataka, the Film Chambers of Commerce has banned it.
KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu has admitted that the actor’s statement on Cauvery was responsible for the move. “The ban will remain because neither will he apologise for his statement nor are we going to pardon him,” news agency Press Trust of India quoted him as saying.
In the meantime, hours after actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan met with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy over the Cauvery dispute with Tamil Nadu, Gandhiya Makkal Iyakkam’s Tamilaruvi Manian, who is a close friend of actor Rajinikanth, has hit out at Kamal, alleging that he is exploiting the “anti- Rajini sentiment”.
Manian said, “Kamal Haasan’s recent statement clearly reveals that he is involved in creating an image that Rajinikanth is against people’s protests. At a time when Rajinikanth’s political entry is growing into a massive people’s power, leaders and a few organisations are in fear that their dreams of becoming Chief Minister will be spoiled. At a time when they are trying to destroy his image, people can easily understand that the ulterior motive of Kamal Haasan is lending a helping hand to them.”