Shiv Sena’s plan to legally tackle the issue surrounding more shows for Marathi movies in city multiplexes ended even before it began.
On Friday, the Bombay High Court dismissed the application filed by Sameer Dixit, general secretary of the Maharashtra Cine and Television Sena, which sought permission to intervene in the petition of the Cinema Owners’ and Exhibitors’ Association.
A division bench of Justice D.K. Deshmukh and Justice N.D. Deshpande dismissed the application, because no lawyer was present to argue the matter.
The Cinema Owners’ and Exhibitors’ Association had approached the high court in December 2008 challenging the government's decision of compulsory screening of Marathi films in multiplexes.
The petition had challenged a 40-year-old government rule that makes it compulsory for theatres to screen Marathi films for at least four weeks in a year.
The circular was issued to encourage 'indigenous films'.
Even though the state government circular was issued in 1968, it was implemented only in 2007, “under pressure from the Marathi film producers' lobby”, the petition stated.
On June 15, the Bombay high court admitted this petition and reduced the number of shows to 44 every year.
The Shiv Sena, which had taken up the issue after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena vandalised multiplexes in Mumbai and Thane, wanted to intervene saying that atleast 500 shows must be screened every year.