Following a delay in the release of the Kichcha Sudeep-starrer Kannada film Kotigobba 3 in theatres, the actor’s fans vandalised a bunch of theatres across Karnataka on Thursday.
The film’s producer Soorappa Babu and the actor requested fans to be patient and added that the film will release on Friday, The Hindu reported.
According to the report, actor Sudeep’s fans had queued up outside cinema theatres in many parts of the state early in the morning on Thursday to watch his film Kotigobba 3. But when they learnt that the film will release only on Friday, the disappointed fans broke the iron gate of the theatre and pelted stones.
In a similar situation in the Vijayapura locality in Karnataka, massive violence broke out in front of the Dreamland Theatre, according to a Times Now report. The fans damaged the theatre gate and also pelted stones when the theatre staff denied them tickets. Local police were forced to lathi charge when the situation went out of control.
Kotigobba 3 is a Kannada action thriller film directed by Shiva Karthik. The film is a stand-alone sequel to the 2016 franchise titled Kotigobba 2. Actor Madonna Sebastian will be making her debut in Kannada films with Kotigobba 3.
After the news regarding vandalising cinema theatres was reported, Kotigobba 3’s producer Babu put out a video statement requesting fans not to damage the theatres and reassured that the film will release on Friday. Babu said, “My film Kotigobba 3 could not be released today as I was cheated. There are many reasons.. Some people have conspired against me. The movie will be released tomorrow at 6 am. Please pardon me. I am not at fault.”
Reacting to Babu’s video, Sudeep said, “I saw Babu’s video message. I know well who conspired against you (Babu). Only time will give the answer to them (Babu’s opponents).”He further requested his fans to not react badly at the theatres as they have nothing to do with the delay. “I will ensure my films will not see such chaotic releases in the future,” he added.