Tamil superstar Ajith’s next Arrambam, which is being released worldwide on October 31, will witness a “controlled release” in Karnataka this week.
For, November 1 happens to be Kannada Rajyothsava, a day celebrated to mark the unification of the state. Normally, on such days, with language emotions and sentiments running high, the distributors of Arrambam have decided to play it safe in Karnataka.
Also, the movie will not be released in Mandya and Mysore districts where anti-Tamil movie sentiments are high during Rajyothsava celebrations.
This comes in the backdrop of the long-standing tension between the two states over the sharing of Cauvery River water. Whenever the dispute arises between the two states, Tamil cinemas are the first victims. Consequently, exhibitors and distributors tend to tread the safe path.
Normally, the release of Tamil movies faces problems during the Kannada Rajyothsava week in Karnataka. Last year too, Tamil movies were not released during the Rajyothsava week. Though Arrambam will release on October 31, the screening will not take place in any theatre across the state on November 1 because of Kannada Rajyothsava.
However, screening of Arrambam will resume on November 2.
The distributors will wait for 2 weeks before releasing the movie in Mandya and Mysore districts. “This year too, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have fought over the share of Cauvery river water sharing. We do not want pro-Kannada organizations to make a case out of Arrambam. Therefore, we are not taking any chances,” said a leading theatre owner.
Tamil movies enjoy huge market in Karnataka with some of them enjoying extended runs in specific theatres in Bangalore and Mysore.