Bengaluru: Actor Rajinikanth today approached the Karnataka High Court seeking the release of his film ‘Kaala’ in Karnataka, where his remarks on the release of Cauvery waters have hugely upset the film fraternity.
The superstar's film is slated to be released across the country on Thursday, June 7. But in Karnataka, the Film Chambers of Commerce has banned it.
KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu has admitted that the actor's statement on Cauvery was responsible for the move. "The ban will remain because neither will he apologise for his statement nor are we going to pardon him," news agency PTI quoted him as saying.
After the Karnataka Assembly election results were announced on May 15, Rajinikanth reportedly said whichever government comes to power, Karnataka should release Cauvery waters.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had responded by asking Rajinikanth to visit the state and see the condition of farmers and the water level in the dams before commenting on the matter.
Rajinikanth has a great fan following in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru and Kolar, where there is a considerable Tamil population. But the 67-year-old actor's comments on the Cauvery issue have often made him the target of pro-Kannada organisations.