He is a Rajini fan.
Miffed with Rajinikanth's reported comments that whichever government came to power in Karnataka should implement the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water sharing in toto, the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on May 29 decided not to allow screening of "Kaala".
Back in India, the film was released to positive response with fans queueing up outside theatres to catch an early show of superstar's latest.
One fan told NDTV, "We are all fans of Rajinikanth and we love to watch his movies here in Bengaluru".
The tepid response has led to growing doubts about Rajinikanth's prospects in Tamil Nadu politics, given that Kaala is his first film after he jumped into the political arena.
The Karnataka high court had on June 5 directed the state government to provide necessary security for the peaceful release of "Kaala", which pro-Kannada outfits had threatened to stall over the actor's reported remarks on the Cauvery row.
Single screen theatres and multiplexes across Karnataka on Thursday avoided screening the multi-lingual "Kaala" amid vociferous protests by pro-Kannada activists against his remarks on the Cauvery river water issue."We are unable to screen Kaala for the time being despite the security provided due to strong protests against its release by the Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists outside", a multiplex official said. "Everybody is waiting for the film to be released", the bench told the petitioner's counsel. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.
But there were fans who took a different view. The film's timing couldn't have been better with the superstar having recently made his official entry into politics in real-life.
Kaala has reportedly not been released in any of the theaters in Bangalore yet.
Nana Patekar plays the role of villain.
Rajinikanth's film releases are nothing short of a celebration. 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.