"Kuselan should not be allowed to release in Karnataka until Rajinikanth offers an unconditional apology to Kannadigas. He has hurt the feelings of a large section of Kannadigas by calling pro Kannada activists as trouble makers and urging people to kick them out," said Vatal Nagaraj.
The faction of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike headed by Shivaramegowda has spearheaded a campaign to prevent the release of Kuselan. The members of the Vedike have sat in a dharna in front of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce to present a memorandum to the President of the KFCC to stall the release of of the film. The film's distribution rights have been obtained by a member of the KFCC and it is understood that efforts are being made for a simultaneous release of the film.
It looks as if the sequences that occurred before the release of Shivaji may well be repeated even now. But Kannada groups are determined that Rajinikanth's new film should not be released until he offers an apology.