New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stall the release of Rajinikanth-starrer 'Kaala' which is scheduled to hit theatres on Thursday.
A vacation bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan refused to entertain a plea by K S Rajashekaran, who sought an injunction against release of the movie. "You want an injunction against the release of the movie. Everybody is waiting for the film to be released," the bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioner.
According to news agency PTI, the petitioner has approached the apex court against the May 16 order of the Madras High Court which has posted his plea against the release of the movie for hearing on June 16. The petitioner has claimed that his copyright-protected work related to story scenes and songs were used by the producer of the movie without prior permission.
The actor-turned-politician, whose new movie Kaala is facing opposition from pro-Kannada groups over his Cauvery remarks, has appealed to Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to provide security at theatres that wished to screen the film.
In an attempt to reach out to the protesters, the Tamil superstar made an appeal to the state film chambers in Kannada: "To our Kannada brothers, I appeal to you, I have done no wrong. So for those who want to watch the film please do not disrupt it. I humbly appeal to you to not trouble the film goers."
On Monday, fellow actor and now politician Kamal Haasan met Kumaraswamy to discuss the Cauvery water distribution issue and found himself at the receiving end of much criticism for not bringing up the matter of Rajinikanth’s film not being released in the state.