A request for security was also part of Tuesday's court order, which left room for theatres to screen the movie if they wanted. The state government has assured the court it would be done. But Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, while saying he would comply with the court's order, suggested "as an individual" that the timing wasn't right for the film's release.
In his message, Rajinikanth said, "I understand HD Kumaraswamy's situation. This is not good for Karnataka. When the film is released around the world, the Karnataka ban would highlight the issue (Cauvery water dispute)".
He added an appeal to the state film chambers in Kannada, asking them to allow the release of the movie. "The Film Chambers is supposed to ensure that there's no problem for distributors. It is not right that the Karnataka Film Chamber demands Kaala ban," Rajinikanth said.
Last month, after the Congress government of Siddaramaiah was voted out of power in Karnataka, Rajinikanth reportedly said whichever government comes to power, Karnataka should release Cauvery waters for Tamil Nadu. Mr Kumaraswamy had responded by asking Rajinikanth to visit the state and see the condition of farmers and the water level in the dams, before commenting on the matter.
After the hour-long meeting, which happened to be a first on the issue between political leaders of two states, Mr Haasan said he saw "hope".
Rajinikanth has showed support for Mr Haasan's move. Suggesting that the talks should continue, he said, "They (Mr Haasan and Mr Kumaraswamy) are not enemies... it (Cauvery issue) can be resolved through talks as well... even big things have been resolved through talks," he had said.
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