The Rajinikanth-starrer will hit the screens on Thursday, following judicial intervention from three different courts.
Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film. "The opening of 'Kaala' may be on the lower side - I haven't found the time to check - because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much". As a result, the Tamil film has taken a good opening in the state. The promos of 'Kaala' haven't established a connect with Hindi audiences.
"We are telling them that the issue of sharing Cauvery water is more important than the film", he said.
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. "But I would like to act with Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan", the perfectionist had said. Thalaivar's comments on the Cauvery water dispute upset several Pro-Kannada outfits, who threatened to stage protests in front of theatres screening the film. As a surprise treat for fans, the makers have now released the official video song of "Kannamma" from the film. Protestors held demonstrations outside theatres in Bengaluru asking fans to not watch the show.
Yesterday, the Karnataka High Court had asked the state to provide security to the theatres screening the film. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. Made on an estimated budget of Rs 140 crore, the broadcasting rights of the film have also been sold to Star TV and Amazon.
From Pa Ranjith's direction to the awesome chemistry between Rajinikanth and Eswari Rao, Kaala has been declared as a blockbuster by the fans.