Madhya Pradesh cinemas defer release of Padmaavat

Police reach spot to investigate matter.

“We will not modify our earlier order, otherwise people will make a virtue of creating trouble”, said justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

A spokesperson for PVR Cinemas in Ahmedabad said they were not screening the movie in the state.

“We are doing what we can, but the protestors have been outnumbering us”.

The police said they were looking into whether the attacks were pre-planned or not.

According to an eyewitness, some persons wearing masks threw stones inside the mall and then set ablaze vehicles.

Padmaavat has topped the list of controversial film ever made in the history of Indian cinema and the credit goes to Karni Sena, its pro groups open threats to the cast, crew of the movie. However, Karni Sena doesn’t seem convinced with the verdict. “When we approached the local police, we were told that we should show the film at our own risk”, Sandeep Jain, who owns seven theatres in Madhya Pradesh, told Reuters over the phone. They have taken the decision voluntarily.

It told the two petitioning states to implement its January 18 order and said it will examine pleas to stop exhibition of the film on case-to-case basis if the situation warrants. The movie has gotten great online reception, and if it is allowed to release smoothly, it could do great business.

“I respect the ethos of non-violence propagated by Mahatma Gandhi”.

“We will not tolerate any violence in the name of protests against a movie”, Sandhu added.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were deployed across the national capital region as well as in Gujarat. Surat saw violent protests on January 21.

Mumbai police on Wednesday detained around 50 workers of Karni Sena from various parts of the city for protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Many cinema owners have stated they will not screen the movie, despite the administration putting a ban within 200-metre radius of the movie halls. In another worrying sign for the controversy-mired flick, the Multiplex Association of India, which represents about 75 per cent of multiplex owners, said the film would not be screened in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. Though the film has got a clean chit from CBFC and later from the Supreme Court, the Rajput community and Karni Sena believe that the film is based on distorted facts and has hurt the sentiments of people.

Deepika Padukone in'Padmaavat