No screening of 'Padmaavat' in 4 states, says Multiplex Association of India

The decision came as Rajput outfits and other fringe elements vandalised malls, burned vehicles, and issued open threats to theatre owners and public in their bid to stall its release, claiming distortion of history. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 24, 2018, 02.51 PM (IST)

The Multiplex Association of India, which represents about 75% of multiplex owners, has announced that they will not be screening Padmaavat in four states - Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.

The decision came as Rajput outfits and other fringe elements vandalised malls, burned vehicles, and issued open threats to theatre owners and public in their bid to stall its release, claiming distortion of history.

“For us safety of patrons is important. Depending on the scenario, we will see if the atmosphere is safe, then we will play it (in these four states). Things could change (but) at the moment we are looking at safety of people,” Deepak Asher, president of the association said.

In Gujarat, theatre owners said that the film would not be screened in any of the multiplexes or single screens till the row was resolved.

Violent protests against the film across the country continued on Wednesday ahead of Padmaavat's release. 

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Security has been deployed all over the area and major bars and clubs were shut down. 

Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi directed a “self-imposed curfew by people” to oppose Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie.

He said: “We are adamant on our stand that this film Padmavaat should be banned. January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may."

A group of protestors reportedly pelted stones at a bus belonging to GD Goenka School on Wednesday evening, which was ferrying children at the time of the incident, near Bhondsi, breaking the vehicle's windows. It was unclear if anyone was wounded in the incident.  

A Roadways bus was torched in Haryana, protests were carried out near malls and theatres in Lucknow, while the NH-3 was blocked for a few hours, malls were vandalised on Jammu and Ahmedabad. 

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday rejected Rajasthan's final appeal to ban Padmaavat and ordered the government to screen the film.