MUMBAI :– Multiplex Association of India on Thursday has announced to not display controversial film Padmaavat in four states due to severe protests.
The owners said that they would not screen the movie in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. “The local management has told us that the law and order situation is not conducive,” its president Deepak Asher said.
The authorities have also informed that police and private security guards will be deployed at the places where the film will be exhibited.
The movie is due to release today i.e. on January 25.
Earlier, hundreds of protesters went on a rampage vandalising malls and torching cars in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in a bid to stop the release of a controversial Bollywood film.
Gujarat home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said 10 people were arrested on Tuesday, taking overall detentions caused by the movie to more than 60 in 48 hours.
Police said the names of more than 500 suspects for rioting and unlawful assembly had been registered across Gujarat.
“These are anti-social elements who are attempting to disrupt the peace in the state. They will be dealt with strictly,” Jadeja told journalists.
Protesters claim the film falsely depicts a romance between 14th century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. The producers deny this and insist the movie portrays her respectfully.
Supreme Court of India had overturned a ban imposed by several states on the release of a Bollywood epic about a mythical Hindu queen. The court said the ban, which followed violent protests by members of the Hindu right who claimed the film falsely depicted a romance between the queen and a Muslim ruler, violated creative freedoms.
India’s film censor board had cleared “Padmaavat” for release subject to certain changes, but at least four states said they would ban its screening. “Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free speech and expression,” said Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The leader of the group also offered 50 million rupees ($769,000) to anyone who “beheaded” lead actress Deepika Padukone or Bhansali.