The controversial film ‘Padmaavat’ has been released in cinemas. A day before its release, several theatres were vandalised, protestors blocked highways and roads, and set tyres on fire, demanding a ban on Padmaavat.
Fearing violence, some multiplex owners in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa have said they will not screen the film.
The decision of the Multiplex Association of India, which represents about 75 percent of the multiplex owners in the country, came as Rajput outfits and other fringe elements vandalised malls, burnt vehicles, and issued open threats to theatre owners and public in their bid to stall its release, claiming distortion of history.[ecp code=”4″]
“We have decided not to play the film in four states Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP and Goa — as the local management has told us that the law and order situation is not conducive,” Deepak Asher, president of the association said.
Protests were held in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and several Madhya Pradesh towns. Mumbai police tightened security at the residences of the Sanjay Leela Bhasali and the lead actor Deepika Padukone.
The film, starring Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the saga of the 13th Century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji.
The Supreme Court had paved the way for its nationwide release after some states issued notifications banning the film.