Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif-starrer "Baar Baar Dekho" is slated to be released on Sept. 9, Friday, but on the same date some organisations have called for a Karnataka bandh. Karnataka is likely to witness a strike this Friday and it might affect the opening day box office collection of "Baar Baar Dekho."
Pro-Kannada organisations and some farmer unions have called for a Karnataka bandh on Sept. 9 to protest against the Supreme Court's ruling asking the state to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for 10 days. Reports suggest that the proposed strike has been getting good support and is likely to bring the state to a standstill coming Friday.
While the state's economy will badly be hit by the bandh, there is all probability that "Baar Baar Dekho" will also feel the heat of the strike. Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore and other cities of Karnataka hold a substantial number of multiplexes and single screen theatres.
The bandh concerns a very serious, long-held dispute regarding the Cauvery water and it is being speculated that the Karnataka bandh will be observed to the fullest. With such a scenario, many multiplexes and single screen theatres may not screen any movie on the said date fearing any untoward incident.
Even if the theatres remain open and "Baar Baar Dekho" is screened, majority of the commoners in the state are less likely to take the trouble of watching a movie during a bandh. Sonakshi Sinha's "Akira" was released on Sept. 2 and it had also faced a similar problem.
A nationwide bandh was called on last Friday by some trade unions demanding to increase the minimum wage level. This 12-hour strike had apparently affected the first day collection of "Akira."