Row over 'Kaala': Films shouldn't become soft targets, onus is on government, says Prakash Raj
Amid row over the release Rajinikanth's upcoming movie 'Kaala' in Karnataka, actor Prakash Raj on Monday said that films should not become soft targets and put the onus on the government to rein in 'fringe elements'.
The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) is upset with Rajinikanth's reported statement that whichever government comes to power in Karnataka should implement the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water sharing. The chamber recently decided not to allow screening of his movie Kaala, due for release on June 7, in the state.
"A film or any work of art shouldn't be a soft target for people. When you keep a problem alive, naturally fringe elements will try to take law into their hands, govt needs tell them that law and order is our responsibility, you can protest but can't stop a film from releasing," Raj told news agency ANI.
"Karnataka Film Chamber has said that they have not asked for a ban but the distributors and exhibitors seeing the pressure have voluntarily decided to not create tension by not releasing 'Kaala'.The onus is now on the state and central government," he added.
The ban on Rajinikanth's starring 'Kaala' in Karnataka has prompted a national film body to request the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce on Sunday to expedite its release in the state.
The film star has often faced the wrath of pro-Kannada organisations for his comments on the Cauvery issue. Film Federation of India president Sakshi Mehra told PTI that it has requested SIFCC to hold talks with KFCC to get the movie released, in the interest of the film industry.
SIFCC secretary L Suresh said they had sent a letter to KFCC to solve the problem by convening a meeting with the Kannada outfits.
"I have spoken to KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu and also written a letter to him. The KFCC would probably call for a meeting with the outfits tomorrow or the day after," he said.
'Kaala' is scheduled for a worldwide release on June 7.