Justice G. Narendar's interim order came on a petition filed on Monday by the film's producer Dhanush and director Aishwarya, seeking its direction for police protection to exhibitors from pro-Kannada activists, who opposed the film's screening to protest Rajinikanth's recent remarks on the sharing of the Cauvery river water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The distributor, who had acquired the rights of the film, has backed out of releasing the flick to support the ban call given by the Kannada outfits.
The appeal comes close on the heels of Tuesday's Karnataka High Court order that left room for theatres to screen the movie if they wanted. The Additional Advocate General, Shivanna, told the court that the government has not received a list of theatres, dates and other details of release for it to take action.
As head of K'taka govt, I have to implement the direction of High Court, it's my responsibility.
The piece of advice, "not as Chief Minister but as a Kannadiga", also focused on the financial fallout if the producer and distributors went ahead with the scheduled release.
According to reliable sources, Kaala, which was initially banned in Karnataka, will now release in almost 130 screens in the state. Kumaraswamy said he was talking from experience.
The petitioner has approached the apex court against the May 16 order of the Madras High Court which has posted his plea against the release of the movie for hearing on June 16.
"Even if they release the movie.it will not be useful to them financially".