Dhanush's Thodari is the latest Tamil movie to face the Cauvery heat in Karnataka as it is not releasing in the Kannada-speaking state. The Kollywood flick is hitting the screens worldwide on Thursday, 22 September.
Sources say that the theatre owners and multiplexes are refusing to screen Thodari over the Cauvery dispute. "Fearing attacks from fringe elements, many single screens as well as multiplexes have decided to not screen the Dhanush-starrer," the source confirms to the International Business Times (IBT).
As a result, the advance booking for Thodari has not started yet, the source adds, while pointing out that it has already begun in Tamil Nadu and other places. This is the second big film after Vikram's Iru Mugan to be affected by the Cauvery dispute.
Dhanush has a good fan following in Bengaluru and his previous films like Anegan had done good business in Bengaluru. Considering the success of his last few flicks, the distribution rights of Karnataka were sold to Maheshwari Enterprises for a good amount.
Speaking to the IBT, Manjunath of Maheshwari Enterprises has said that the film is not seeing the light of the day on Thursday. "At this stage, we are not willing to release due to the tensions between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. We have invested a huge amount and the delay in the release will hurt us badly." It has to be noted that the Telugu version of Thodari is also not being screened here this week.
Thodari is written and directed by Prabhu Solomon. It is a romantic thriller in which Dhanush and Keerthy Suresh have played the lead roles.