The stage is set for the release of Puneeth Rajkumar's 25th movie Dodmane Huduga, also spelled Doddamane Hudga. The much-awaited Kannada flick is releasing this Friday, September 30. But the ongoing Cauvery River water row is expected to have an impact on the film.

Yes, the absence of actor-turned-politician Ambareesh in Mandya during the protests over the Cauvery issue has apparently irked the people of the district. It became evident after his promotional material in the recently-released film Happy Birthday was destroyed by the mob at Sanjay Theatre in Mandya.

Fearing similar reaction from the public in Mandya, the makers of the flick have tried to play it safe by not putting up his poster or cut-outs in the theatre. "They realise the mood of the people and have refrained from promoting Ambareesh in any form as it could affect its prospects at the box office," a source told the International Business Times, India.

The source adds, "Especially when it is a landmark film of Puneeth, they do not want to take any chance. Hence, the Rebel Star of Mandya is not seen in posters or cut-outs here."

Dodmane Hudga is an action-thriller, which reunites Puneeth Rajkumar and Suri after Jackie and Anna Bond. The film has Radhika Pandit playing the female lead role and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Sumalatha and others in the supporting cast.

It will hit the screens in over 200 theatres in Karnataka.