June 2, 2018
Chennai : If Rajinikanth is in the line of fire from people of Tamil Nadu for his utterances on Tuticorin Sterlite protesters his remarks on the Cauvery Management Board have brought him under attack from Kannada activists in Bangalore and Kannada Film bodies that have sought a ban on his film Kaala, scheduled for June 7 global release.
Both the actor and the politician in Rajinikanth have come under fire from activists across the two states, though for differing reasons. If Tamilians are upset after Rajinikanth allegedly spoke the language of the BJP on Tuticorin, repeating charges that anti-social elements and extremists were part of the protests, a statement that enraged the people at large.
And Rajinikanth’s sentiments on Cauvery and his demand for the setting up of Cauvery Management Board had irked the Karnataka people and its pro-Kannada groups that had declared they would oppose his film Kaala from releasing in Karnataka.
Even the Kannnada Film Chambers of Commerce has not allowed the screening of Rajinikanth film Kaala to express resentment over his pro-CMB statement, which was only to be expected as the superstar is entering politics in Tamil Nadu and has to speak in favour of that state to woo voters there.
But it has led to Karnataka people to react sharply. The film chamber is also opposed to the film in support of the protests against the film release in Karnataka.
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday indicated his tacit support for the “ban” over film saying that if it was the peoples will what can be done? But he told media persons that the government would take a final decision over the film after studying the whole issue.
For Rajinikanth, things are far from all right in Tamil Nadu as well with the man on the street expressing dismay over his sentiments over Tuticorin protesters.