Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he would not advocate releasing the Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala it in the state “considering the situation”.
Kumaraswamy, however, said he was speaking as an individual and not as the Chief Minister.
“As a Chief Minister, I have to implement the direction of High Court, it’s my responsibility. As an individual, as a Kannadiga, I request the producer of the movie that in this kind of atmosphere, it is not good on their part to release the movie. As a producer and distributor, I can say that even if they release the movie, it won’t be useful to them financially,” the Chief Minister told reporters here.
Kumaraswamy was referring to the Cauvery dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
He said that Kaala can be released after the water sharing dispute is settled.
The statement comes as the Karnataka high court had asked the state to provide security to the centres screening the movie.
Rajinikanth’s film “Kaala” is facing opposition from pro-Kannada groups. Besides, a section of the film fraternity has admitted to being hugely upset by the superstar’s remarks on Cauvery water row.