Theatres across the state, barring two in Ballari and Raichur districts, refused to screen the film on Thursday despite the Karnataka High Court order asking them to do so, PTI reported. Directed by Pa Ranjith, "Kaala" will see Rajinikanth playing a gangster once again on screen. Though the film recorded very low bookings online, the Rajinikanth-starrer is being celebrated by fans across the state. "The list of theatres will later be sent to the police commissioner to ensure security at these theatres", Srinivas said. Now that the film has released all are excited. Kaala's release seemingly more impacted by politics than even Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavat, that was released after the Supreme Court's directions. From flocking the theatre screens all across the country for the first show on the first date, the frenzy among the fans has proved to be a huge advantage for the filmmakers. The film is facing a "ban" in the state over Rajinikanth's remarks on the controversial issue of sharing of Cauvery river water between the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake. "I would imagine, (given) the socio-political stand Rajini Sir has taken in the past one year, people might have started looking at him differently from the demi-god that he used to be", said Pookutty.
On realising that it was not possible to shoot in Mumbai's Dharavi, the makers recreated Asia's second largest slum in Chennai.
One fan told NDTV, "We are all fans of Rajinikanth and we love to watch his movies here in Bengaluru". Art director Ramalingam also recreated the maximum city's famous Dhobi Ghat, a UNESCO certified heritage, as part of the set.The film had over 2000 supporting artists on set, and more than 800 people worked on creating the sets.Here: Rajinikanth shooting a portion of the film at Marin Drive. Reports also said that the distributor's office in Karnataka was attacked. Ever since the release of the trailer, thalaivar's dialogue "Kya re, setting ah?" has gone viral.