Members of right wing groups Hindu Sena and Hindu Seva Parishad staged protests and shouted anti-Pakistan slogans against screening of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) in theatres of Gwalior and Jabalpur on Friday.
In Gwalior, activists from Hindu Sena protested outside Deendayal City Mall at 12 noon when the film was being screened. The protesters were dispersed by police before they could create a ruckus inside the theatre.
The movie is being screened at Delite cinema, Kajal Talkies, Baaz cinema, Salasar mall and Fun cinema in DD Mall. Hindu Sena state vice-president Sanjay Agrawal said, “Fawad helps fund terrorists to buy arms and ammunition from the profit he makes by working here.”
In Jabalpur, members of Hindu Sewa Parishad barged into Samdariya Mall, requested the audience to leave the theatre and stopped screening the film as they burned its posters outside the mall. Jyoti Talkies and South Avenue Mall did not screen it following the protest.
Atul Jaiswani, president of Hindi Sewa Parishad, said, “Pakistan’s armed forces are killing Indian soldiers on the borders for the past few weeks. Their actors will earn while our soldiers sacrifice their lives. How can we enjoy this movie when one of its actor is a Pakistani?”
In Bhopal, theatres were given police security on Friday. Still, most of the movie theatres screening the film had few viewers. The movie is being screened at Fun Cinema, Mukta A2 cinema, PVR, DDX Cinema, Cinepolis, Inox, Sangam and Alpana.
“We had requested police to provide us security to avoid protests during the screening of the movie. Security personnel will be there till Sunday,” said Gurdev Singh, manager of single screen theatre Sangam Cinemas.
“No untoward incident was reported from any theatre. There were minor incidents in one or two theatres where protestors raised slogans but were barred from entering the theatre. We are keeping a strict vigil,” said SP (North) Arvind Saxena.