The Tamil film industry is on an indefinite strike against the rates charged by Digital Service Providers. Meanwhile, reports suggest that Pa Ranjith’s Kaala, starring Rajinikanth in the lead role, will not hit the screens on April 27 as announced earlier. However, Lyca Productions, the film’s distributor, took to Twitter to clarify that the film’s release date has not been postponed yet.
On December 12, Wunderbar Films announced on Twitter that the film will hit the screens on April 27 and the teaser was released on March 2 and it immediately went viral. However, this has left several fans fuming over the uncertainty of the film’s release. The Tamil film industry has been hit severely by the ongoing strikes, which has resulted in an indefinite shutdown from March 16. As a result, several films that were slated for release this summer have been put on hold. Moreover, the Producers’ Council has recently declared that there will not be any shooting schedules from March 16.
The TFPC (Tamil Film Producers Council) has made it clear that once the strike is over, new films which were censored earlier and ready for release will get priority. Kaala is yet to be censored and the certification process will start only after the Kollywood strike is withdrawn as per the TFPC guidelines.Kaala is Rajinikanth’s second collaboration with director Pa Ranjith after Kabali in 2016. It highlights the oppression of Tamil people in Mumbai and showcases Rajini as a local don in the film. In Kabali, too, Rajinikanth had played a don and the film revolved around the lives of Malaysian Tamils.