More than 200 workers of the Youth National Congress Party stormed into the Movie Time theatre in Malad west on Friday afternoon and staged an agitation in front of the theatre that was screening Black Friday movie.
The agitators demanded the authorities of the theatre to stop the screening saying that the movie was provocative and hurts the sentiments of the mumbaiites, who lost their relatives in the blast in 1993.
After more than a week of the release of the movie the group of NCP workers entered the theater located on Linking Road in Malad shouting slogans to stop the screening of the second show of the movie, Black Friday and started burning the posters of the movie.
The people, who were watching the film, were forced to vacate the hall. The agitators lead Ciryl D’souza were successful in stopping the screening for more than fifteen minutes before the police arrived and take charge. The Malad police detained more than 50 workers of NCP including D’souza on the charges of rioting and creating unnecessary panic in a public place.
When asked the protestors the reason of their distress they told HT, “When we saw the movie we realized that there are several scenes in the film that can bring back the painful memories of the blast for the people, who have lost their dear ones in the blast. Moreover the film also includes the names of some politicians and some scenes that could be provocative,” said D’souza.
Meanwhile the police, who have detained the workers, recorded the statements of the workers as well as the manager of the theatre.
“It is not possible to comment anything on the case at this stage. It is still to be established the reason of the action of the NCP workers that why did they decide to stage the agitation only in front of Movie time when all the theatre’s including multiplexes are screening the movie or why after eight days after the release of the movie did they realize that it was provocative,” said a police officer at the spot.
However, although the screening continued after fifteen minutes of the agitation but the spectators had already left the theatre leaving the hall empty. “I had come watch the movie because I wanted to know what happened at the time and the people behind the tragedy that shook Mumbai to its core but since the NCP stormed in and stopped the movie I am leaving without getting to know what I wanted to,” said Vikas Rathod, a college student.