There is injustice happening to us.
Praveen Shetty of the Kannada Rakshana Vedike, said, "All cinemas and malls are giving us support". They were reopened in April and American superhero movie "Black Panther" became the first movie to be screened in the kingdom in decades.
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had requested the distributor of "Kaala" not to release it in "this kind of atmosphere", but said his government would follow the high court order on the issue.
According to reports, round 300 police personnel have been deployed near town hall to avoid untoward incidents.
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Protestors held demonstrations outside theatres in Bengaluru asking fans to not watch the show. We are waiting for it from morning. How much this has affected the film's opening, I don't know.
In Chennai, Rajini fans offered milk to the poster of the 67-year-old actor and burst crackers before gathering in large numbers to watch the film in theatres.
Earlier in the day, over 100 theatres and multiplexes across Karnataka deferred screening the film amid vociferous protests against the film over Rajinikanth's pro-Tamil Nadu stance on the Cauvery river water sharing issue.
Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on Ra.One, Robot etc, agrees that Rajini's politics could be a negative force in his career.
"Kabali" and 'Kaala' had surprised audiences big time, not because of the content but because Rajinikanth gave chance to the same director back-to-back for two films despite the fact that the first movie, "Kabali" couldn't reach up to the expectations. With a day to go before the film hits theatres, the film has already earned Rs. 230 crore from its theatrical and music rights.Rajinikanth and Pa. Ranjith's previous film, "Kabali", had minted Rs. 218 crore ahead of its release.