Why is Karnataka Upset Over the Release of Rajinikanth’s Kaala?

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Why is Karnataka Upset Over the Release of Rajinikanth’s Kaala?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t’s been a busy couple of months for Karnataka, one of our top five favourite southern states. First, the mid-May legislative assembly election drama shook the nation, and even took its toll on the unflappable Amit Shah. HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal went from kingmaker to king, as he became the chief minister of the state after forging a post-poll alliance with the Congress.

But now, barely two weeks into his tenure and less than two days after he formed his cabinet, CM Kumaraswamy faced his first test. Upset over Rajinikanth’s comment over the Cauvery dispute, pro-Kannada groups along with the good people of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce objected to the release of superstar Rajinikanth’s latest film, Kaala. Kumaraswamy, himself a former film producer, joined the anti-Kaala brigade and said the film should not be released in the state “in the present situation”.

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