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125 Gujarat multiplexes not to show Padmaavat

| | Gandhinagar | in Sunday Pioneer

Even after the Supreme Court asking four States including Gujarat to allow screening of controversial Hindi movie Padmaavat, nearly 125 multiplexes across Gujarat will not show the movie which is set to release on the eve of Republic Day.

Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association, the apex body of multiplexes in the state has voluntarily decided not to show the movie. Core committee member of the association Rakesh Patel said that multiplex owners in Gujarat didn’t want to take any risk as there was no guarantee pertaining to safety of the properties.

Though police assured us adequate police protection, but there wouldn’t be any guarantee of damage in properties if something happens, says Patel adding that in such scenario cinema owners will have to bear the losses.

Padmavat which was originally titled as Padmavati is facing protest from Rajput community across the country. The movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has been given green signal by Censor Board after some cuts and change of the title. However, despite the fact four BJP ruled states including Rajasthan, Goa, Haryana and Gujarat had put ban on it. The film producer challenged the ban and knocked the doors of the apex court.

The Supreme Court asked the four state governments to ensure that the film is released and law and order is maintained. Post Supreme Court ruling there have been violent protests in Gujarat and other states. Rajput organisations including Karani Sena have disrupted traffic flow in parts of Ahmedabad and Rajkot.

A leader of Karni Sena in the state said that the Rajput community wouldn’t allow screening of the film as it is the question of their sentiments. Appreciating Gujarat Government’s decision of banning the movie, he said that the Rupani government understood their demands. Even cinema owners showed their respect towards the community by taking the decision not to show the movie, he added.

Of around 125 multiplexes in the state, 25 are in Ahmedabad alone. In the past too multiplexes in the states refrained to show Fanna and Parzania movies over controversies at the time of release of these two films.  




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