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Petitioner Rajashekaran had moved the top court challenging a Madras HC decision to hear his plea against the release of the film on June 16. A report on Hindustan Times affirms that the pre-release business of "Kaala" (through its theatrical and music rights) is Rs. 230 crore, which have already been recovered.

"We request the distributors and exhibitors to respect the people's stand and avoid screening the film in the state to maintain peace and safety of the people", he told reporters. "[But] Everybody is waiting for the film to be released".

However, Goldie Films was supposed to release Kaala in Karnataka and backed out later following the opposition from pro-Kannada groups. Photos from the incident are doing the rounds of social media.

Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala would hit the screens on Thursday as the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain its screening. "How many days can the government provide security?" a spokesperson of a leading single-screen theatre told us on the condition of anonymity.

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the State government, the State Police chief, and the Bengaluru City Police Commissioner to take necessary measures to prevent any inconvenience during the screening of Rajinikanth's movie Kaala and to movie-goers across the State. "I had demanded the Cauvery Water Management Board to be formed and all the dams to come under the board's control". Read Also: 200 women to walk barefoot from temple to theatre for Thalaivar statue's jal abhishekThe newly-elected CM of the neighboring state is brazenly against the release of the movie as local sentiments remain against the superstar for his comments on Cauvery water issue.

Meanwhile, state Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said it was not advisable to screen the film in view of the prevailing public sentiment against Rajinikanth's views on the sensitive issue of Cauvery. "After seeing that, if you (Rajinikanth) still want water, let's discuss", Kumaraswamy said.