Bathinda: A day after the Akal Takht pardoning Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for ‘blasphemy’, his film, ‘MSG-2: The Messenger’, hit cinema houses across the region on Friday.
Earlier, despite its release last Friday, the cinemas were reluctant to screen it owing to security issues.
Dera followers had blocked rail and road traffic across the state last week, demanding the release of the film. The protest had ended only after the district administration “assured” the followers that the matter would be resolved soon.
According to information, the film was released in cinema halls in Bathinda, Ferozepur, Jalalabad, Kotkapura, Moga, Barnala, Sangrur and Zira. However, it was not released in Ludhiana where two shows were listed and Jalandhar where a single show was listed.
Meanwhile, the police have made elaborate security arrangements outside cinema halls to maintain law and order.
Gurdev Singh, member of dera’s coordination committee, said they heaved a sigh of relief as the tension over the film had defused and dera followers were enthusiastic to watch the film. “We expect that the other multiplexes in the city will release the movie in the coming days,” he said.
Sewak Singh Bhola, owner of Pukhraj cinema here, said the decision to screen the film was taken only after the administration and police ensured proper security.