The film will hit the theatres in Karnataka, where pro-Kannada groups have been agitating against it, in protest against the actor-turned-politician's remarks on the Cauvery river water dispute.
Rajinikanth's recent statement that "anti-social elements" were the reason for violence in the protests against Vedanta's Sterlite at Thoothukudi where 13 people were killed in police firing, did not go well with the people of the state.
"This is HUGE! #Kaala is the FIRST ever Indian film to be released in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia!", Wunderbar Fims, the production company owned by actor Dhanush and his wife Aishwarya said on Twitter.
On realising that it was not possible to shoot in Mumbai's Dharavi, the makers recreated Asia's second largest slum in Chennai.
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She said it would be some time before precise losses were confirmed. "I wish I could just find out if I have a house". Some chose to stay in the area, which now has no power, cell reception, landlines or county water, officials said.
"If they forcefully release the movie they will have to face the consequences".
The film, which also stars Nana Patekar and Huma Qureshi, is having a dream run at the Chennai box office.
In Bengaluru, single-screen theaters known to release Tamil movies are not screening the movie amidst protests.
Movie theatres were closed in the early 1980s after pressure from powerful clerics who claim that movies are inconsistent with a strict interpretation of Islam.
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"Cauvery water is more important than a Rajinikanth film for us".
"It's business as usual since evening as the protesters kept away and presence of police personnel made hundreds of fans to come and watch the movie under tight security", a multiplex manager told IANS. Don't be surprised if you find Aamir Khan sitting next to you in one of the theatres. Even the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) is reportedly disappointed with Thalaivar over his comments on Cauvery water issue.
"I have not been following Kaala release or its prospects, but I would imagine, the socio-political stand Rajini Sir has taken in the past one year people might have started looking at him differently from the demi-god that he used to be", he said.
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