The Sambhaji Brigade, a local organisation, protested against Karan Johar’s film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, on Thursday and vandalised a multiplex at Sarvoday Mall in Kalyan (West).
They broke the booking counter and pelted stones.
The incident occurred around 3pm and the members fled from the site after vandalising the property. The mall authorities have shut down the multiplex.
The film had run into trouble over the casting of Pakistani artistes after Uri terror attacks. Fawad Khan, a Pakistani actor who stars in the movie, left India shortly before the movie released. The MNS was particularly vocal about banning the movie across the state.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis faced arrows from the Shiv Sena after he assured the audience of peaceful screening. The Sena thought that the BJP was shielding Pakistani personalities and this was totally uncalled for after the bout of terror inflicted upon the country by Pakistan.
Officials from Mahatma Phule Police station said, “ We have started registering complaints against the accused. Security was beefed up at the mall till Tuesday for peaceful screening of the film, however, it was lifted only today and the incident took place. We will book the accused in due course of time.”
The Sambhaji Brigade members aptly used the issue raised by the Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena (MNS) and had earlier staged a silent protest against the release of the movie during the Diwali week and had hinted that they might resort to violent means after Diwali if the mall authorities did not stop screening the movie.
The police officials will complete the formality by the end of the day and would decide further course of action.