Kalki dismayed over non-release of ‘Court’ in Bengaluru

Actress Kalki Koechlin is annoyed that the critically acclaimed Marathi Movie ‘Court’ will not be screened in Bengaluru. She has expressed her disgust saying that the unofficial ban on the award-winning film is very shocking and disappointing.

“Shocked, dismayed but mostly sad that @CourtTheFilm is not showing in cinemas in Bangalore because of regional politics," Kalki wrote on her Twitter handle. The actress of French descent liked the film because of its non-judgemental and gut-wrenching nature.

‘Court’ is Chaitanya Tamhane’s directorial debut and was released on April 17. The movie is about the trial of an aged folk singer whose inflammatory song is said to be the reason behind a sewerage worker’s suicide. The courtroom drama has been critically acclaimed for its realism and attention to detail.

Theatre and multiplex owners in Bengaluru have refused to screen the movie fearing the wrath of Kannada organisations. Karnataka and Maharashtra are engaged in a long-pending border tussle, and screening the film might spark political tensions.

Through its page on a social networking site, ‘Court’ shared its turmoil. “SAD NEWS: It saddens us to no end, but unfortunately we have to declare this - COURT will not be playing in Bangalore. We were only constantly told that it's a sensitive, political, and risky situation,” the post read. It also revealed that the ban has nothing to do with the content of the film, or the availability of the slots in theatres.