The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has asked the theatre and multiplex owners to prominently display on their premises the photograph of Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema.
In a letter addressed to the owners, the MNS has stated that apart from the photograph, the owners should also pay tributes to him before the screening of every film.
Talking to Hindustan Times , Ameya Khopkar, president of MNS Cine Workers’ Association, said the motive is to highlight the contribution of Phalke, the pioneer of this film industry.
“It was Dadasaheb Phalke who started cinema in India and sadly hardly anyone is aware of him,” rued Khopkar.
“It is just that the cinema owners should salute him and the youngsters should made aware of this great personality.
He warned that anyone found violating the MNS dictat would face action in MNS style.
It was in 1913 that India got its first film Raja Harishchandra, which was produced by Phalke after raising loans from his friends. The award constituted by the Indian government is regarded as one of the most prestigious ones in the film industry.