Decks cleared for screening Rajnikant's 'Kuselan'

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Bangalore, Jul 31 (UNI) Decks seemed to have been cleared for the screening of Tamil Superstar Rajnikant's 'Kuselan' tomorrow with the actor tendering an 'apology' to the pro-Kannada organisations for his reaction on the Hogenakkal issue.

The Tamil film is set for release in 13 theatres in the city and almost all major cities in Karnataka.

The pro-Kannada organisations had threatened to disrupt the screening of Rajni's latest release in protest against his statement made in Chennai last year with regard to the Hogennakal water project The actor today expressed regret in Hyderabad saying if any of the Kannadigas were hurt, it hurt him as well and requested for unhindered screening of the film.

Reacting to Rajni's statement, Kannada Rakshana Vedike President Narayana Gowda said he was happy the actor had realised his folly.

''In feeling sorry about the episode, Mr Rajnikant has exhibited his true character. It should be appreciated,'' he said from Bijapur.

Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce President Jayamala had appealed to the organisations not to oppose the release.

She had earlier said the chamber was in no position to stop the screening. Rajnikant and K Balachander were very dear to Kannada cinema and the people, she had said.

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