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The expected hype about a Rajini movie was said to be lukewarm even in Chennai, the hotbed of Rajini fan clubs, and also in other centres where he is traditionally known to have a strong following. However, actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers' Council (TFPC) offered a quote saying it's too early to make any predictions."The opening of Kaala may be on the lower side, because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much", he said. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday appealed to the distributor of the film to defer the release of the movie.

Protestors held demonstrations outside theatres in Bengaluru asking fans to not watch the show. The socio-political flick produced by Dhanush's Wunderbar Films talks about the importance of land rights and equality.

Armed with the recent High Court order directing the government "to take adequate steps to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the screening of the film", Karnataka's film distributors have chose to go ahead with the release. "Everybody is waiting for the film to be released", the bench told the petitioner's counsel.

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Starring Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Anjali Patil and Samuthirakani in prominent roles, the film revolves around Kaala (Rajinikanth) as the savior of the people living in Dharavi and the fight against the power-hungry to ensure justice for the oppressed. As the film premieres worldwide, fans took to their Twitter handle to give their initial review for the film.

Rajinikanth's film releases are nothing short of a celebration. Several pro-Kannada groups have also warned theatres not to screen the film if they want to avoid any untoward incident. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.

The actor-turned-politician had said that whichever government came to power in Karnataka should implement the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water sharing in toto.