Padmaavat releases, protesters brandish swords, owners say movie halls full

File picture. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 25, 2018, 06.39 AM (IST)

The controversial movie Padmaavat released Thursday (under heavy security) as scheduled. 

The movie however was a no-show in four states. Cinema hall owners in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Goa have refused to screen the movie saying they fear violence. 

A contempt petittion was filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala in the Supreme Court on Thursday against the four states. The petition said the  four states had failed their duty to ensure law and order. 

Padmaavat had been banned by the four states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP, and Haryana -- on the pretext of the threat of violence -- but the Supreme Court had revoked the bans. The court said it was the states' duty to ensure law and order. 

The contempt petition against the four states will be heard on Monday. 

A contempt petition was also filed against the Karni Sena in the Supreme Court for the violence they have unleashed and will be heard next week. 

Protests against the movie continued on Thursday. 

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And at least some movie halls decided not to show the movie. 

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But the ones that are screening say the turnout has been good. The viewers say they "want to see the reason behind all that uproar". 

"It's peaceful. Current show housefull. Police presence is here, our own security is also in place. All good as of now," said Kishore Ganatra, owner of E-Square cinema hall in Pune.