Finally, the Kannada Film Chamber decided to allow Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kuselan for a smooth screening in the Tamil dominated City Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka with limited number of prints. Now the film is going to release in 13 theaters in Bangalore City with 10 prints. The film will hit the screens in other parts like Mysore, Mandya, Hasan, Mangalore and Kollegal as planned earlier.Kannada Rakshana Vedhike, one of the pro Kannada outfits in the state, threatened that they would never allow the film to screen in any part of Karnataka due to Rajinikanth’s anti-Kannada statements in Hogenakkal water dispute. Some other organisations compelled the Film Chamber to order Kuselan distributor to release the film only after a seven week moratorium, due to Rajinikanth’s anti Kannada speech during the fast organised by Tamil film industry.
At a stage, the KRV chief Vattal Nagaraj demanded a public apology from the Superstar for the smooth release of Kuselan in Karnataka. But Rajini once again ruled out the possibilities and just keep himself as the silent watcher in the issue.
Finally, the film chamber decided to allow the film to screen in all the parts of Kannada, but with limited prints. The Film Chamber Chief Actress Jayamala told that the issue of Heganakkal should not be linked with Kuselan release.
“Both Rajinikanth and Balachander are very important to the industry. Vasu also contributing a lot to Kannada film industry. Moreover, one of our members purchased the rights to release in Karnataka. So keeping all in mind, we should allow the film for smooth screening. What we have advised is that he releases the film following all the restrictions about prints and the number of theatres it can be screened in,” says Jayamala.
It is also said that many of Rajinikanth’s close friends in the Kannada film industry are reportedly working overtime to ensure the movie has a frictionless release in the state. Remember, the Tamil Film Industry personalities just watching the situation silently and did not take any efforts to smoothen the issue.