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Slogan-shouting, protests across India fail to dampen Ram-leela

PTI  New Delhi, November 16, 2013
First Published: 09:42 IST(16/11/2013) | Last Updated: 12:42 IST(16/11/2013)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's love story Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-leela, which released nationwide on Friday, faced protests in Indore, Rajkot, Jalandhar and New Delhi over its title and content.

Some members of an NGO held a protest in New Delhi outside a theatre over the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh starrer film, demanding a change in its title. People raised slogans against the movie and the protests ended when police arrived on the scene and whisked away the demonstrators to the nearest police station.

Bhansali, 50, yesterday agreed to the demands of Kshatriya community in Rajkot by changing certain "provocative" words in his film. The words 'Jadeja' and 'Rabari' have been changed to 'Sanedo' and 'Rajri' as per the community's demand. CRITICS' SPEAK

Bajrang Dal workers in Indore prevented the cinema hall owners here from exhibiting the movie because of its controversial content. The film hurt the religious sentiments of certain communities, they say.



The film also faced the ire of religious groups in Jalandhar after they stalled its screening in one of the multiplexes and burnt the posters. They asked the audience to evacuate the theatre as they are not happy with one of the songs in the film.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh has tweeted that the film has already earned Rs. 15.25 crore on day one.

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