Once again Rajini’s film is facing trouble in Karnataka. The Pro Kannada activist group Kannada Rakshana Vedhike (KRV) is determined to block the release of Kuselan scheduled on July 31st in the state. Because of this protest, if Kuselan failed to hit the screens as per schedule, the distributors of Kuselan may be incurred a loss of Rs.1.50 crores.
It may be recalled that during the Tamil Film Industry’s one day token fast opposing Karnataka’s stand on Hogenakkal Drinking Water Project, the Superstar had slammed the Kannada politicians for their vote bank politics and selfishness in the issue. Rajini’s sensational speech in this meeting helps the state to realize the real mentality of Rajini in Cauvery issue and the Tamil people hail the hero as a real Superstar.
But KRV is still projecting Rajini as Villain against the sentiments and welfare of Kannada people. They are demanding an apology from Rajinikanth, failing which his films will not be allowed to be screened in Karnataka.
In turn Rajini says that whether his films does not get released in Karnataka, it is not a loss for him, but the loss is for them only. “Rajinikanth in Hogenekkal row had insulted KRV workers. This is not an insult to us but it’s an insult to the whole state. So we demand an unconditional apology,” said Deepak Shetty, secretary, KRV.
Some of the Rakshan Vedike workers staged a protest against Rajinikanth in front of Karnataka Film Chambers office. Later in a meeting convened by Film Chambers, they submitted a memorandum to Karnataka film chambers.
What is the solution for this issue?
“It is very simple. Before Kuselan’s release, he should apologise before the whole state for his remarks against Kannadigas. Otherwise we will fight against its release. The film chambers has also accepted a memorandum in this regard and assured to fulfill our demand,” said Deepak.
At the same time, Karnataka Film Chambers has ensured the release of Kuselan as per the schedule. Jayamala, the President of Film Chamber is also trying hard to find an amicable solution to solve the issue in a day or two.
“The issue is a challenge for me. I’m sure a great actor like Rajinikanth don’t want to fight a battle just for ego. I have spoken to Rajinikanth about it. He told me clearly that he needs time to think over it and that he doesn’t want to drag the issue forever.” She says clearly.
‘Rockline’ Venkatesh, Vice President of Film Chamber says, “There will be a huge loss to artistes of both Kannada and Tamil film industries. I think we need to solve this whole issue peacefully. If there is no response from Rajinikanth regarding then there will be a huge loss to the Tamil Film Industry, distributors and exhibitors in Karnataka. Distributors and exhibitors are awaiting the arrival of Kuselan. They have already paid a huge amount to buy reel boxes. If KRV goes on with their plan there will be huge loss on our side also.”
Meanwhile, the South Indian Chamber of Commerce and Tamil Film Producers Council have also in discussion to find out the alternatives and solutions to release the movie as per the schedule in the state.
Will the Superstar come out with an ‘amicable’ and convincing reply? Let’s wait and watch!