They were reopened in April and American superhero movie "Black Panther" became the first movie to be screened in the kingdom in decades. Rajinikanth said that it was not right to oppose the film for his political views on the Cauvery river water dispute.
"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.
Thalaiva Rajinikanth's latest flick 'Kaala' hit the theatres today amid protest in Karnataka and while fans are queuing up outside cinemas since the wee hours of the morning, a piracy website Tamilrockers has leaked the film online, reported the Indian Express.
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Other fans had made the journey to Chennai or to Hosur across the border in Tamil Nadu just to be able to see the film. "The opening of "Kaala" may be on the lower side-I haven't found the time to check-because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much". "The promos of Kaala haven't established a connect with Hindi audiences".
As directed by the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday, the state government deployed adequate police personnel at the theatres and multiplexes for the protection of fans and safety of public property after the activists urged distributors and exhibitors to avoid screening the film. "He (Rajinikanth) has hurt us by supporting the cause of Tamil Nadu in the sharing of the river water", KRV president Praveen Shetty told reporters here. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.
Bollywood star Aamir Khan is also excited about the film. "We will not allow Tamil films to run".