Pro-Kannada organisations had protested against the release of the film after Rajinikanth's comments on the sharing of Cauvery waters - always a troublesome issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. As the film premieres worldwide, fans took to their Twitter handle to give their initial review for the film.
Also, in the wake of the protest, the screening of the movie has been stalled in Orion mall in Malleswaram, Garuda and Lido malls in Bengaluru central district.
Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film. "We will not allow Tamil films to run".
Meanwhile, theatres in Karnataka are avoiding screening "Kaala", amid protests. But the state did stick to the letter of the law.
Rajinikanth starrer "Kaala" was not released in Bengaluru and other parts of the state amidst protest by Pro-Kannada organizations on Thursday.
According to reports, round 300 police personnel have been deployed near town hall to avoid untoward incidents. "Depending on the demand, we will increase the number of shows".
"Rajini Sir's fan club is stronger than ever. We are really big fans of Rajinikanth but especially when it comes to the language and Cauvery river.We are fighting for our rights". However, actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers' Council (TFPC) offered a quote saying it's too early to make any predictions."The opening of Kaala may be on the lower side, because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much", he said. Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.