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SC refuses to stall release of Rajinikanth movie ‘Kaala’

Miffed with Rajinikanth’s comments that Karnataka should implement the SC order on Cauvery water sharing, KFCC decided not to allow screening of ‘Kaala’

SNS | New Delhi |

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stall the release of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kaala’ which is scheduled to hit theatres tomorrow.

A vacation bench comprising Justices AK Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain a plea by KS Rajashekaran, who sought an injunction against release of the movie. “You want an injunction against the release of the movie. Everybody is waiting for the film to be released,” the bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioner.

The makers of the movie had approached the Karnataka High Court which noted that nobody can force an exhibitor to screen or not screen the film. Rajinikanth himself had appealed to Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to provide necessary security at theatres that have decided to run the film in the state.

The petitioner has approached the apex court against the May 16 order of the Madras High Court which has posted his plea against the release of the movie for hearing on June 16.

The petitioner has claimed that his copyright-protected work related to story scenes and songs were used by the producer of the movie without prior permission.

Miffed with Rajinikanth’s reported comments that whichever government coming to power in Karnataka should implement the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water sharing in toto, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) had on May 29 decided not to allow screening of ‘Kaala’.
(With PTI inputs)