Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), a pro-Kannada outfit, is not happy after Vijay"s Velayudham was being screened on Kannada Rajyaotsava day (November 1) all across Bengaluru. According to the organisation, it had requested all the theatres in the state not to screen any non-Kannada movie on the occasion of the state festival but some of the cinema halls did not take their plea seriously, which irked the KRV activists to show their anger against the Tamil film.
Sources say that KRV activists expressed their anguish on Velayudham. After they found that some cinema halls in Bengaluru were screening the Tamil movie like usual, they protested outside the theatres and tore the posters of the recently released movie. However, the theatre authorities realised that the situation might reach out of control and hence, they agreed to cancel all the shows of the day.
Meanwhile, Jayam Raja has responded to issue by saying that Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists were not opposing Velayudham screenings in particular. Indeed, they were protesting against all the other language movies. Vijay is a popular actor in the state and the things have come to normal.
Velayudham, which also stars Genelia D'Souza and Hansika Motwani, is distributed by producer K Manju in Karnataka. It has been released in 100 theatres in the state.