Chandigarh and Haryana on Thursday banned screening of ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ till further orders. The film was to release at various cinema halls in Chandigarh and at Amravati Enclave in Panchkula.
“There were two shows. The message had come around 11 am from Panchkula administration. So we cancelled the shows,” said Kulbhushan Goyal, owner of the Amravati Enclave multiplex, Panchkula.
Punjab had already banned the film. In Chandigarh, a protest was staged near Tribune Chowk on Friday morning by the Valmiki Samaj. “Police handed us over the order of deputy commissioner, banning the film,” said Swami Chanderpal Anarya, director, Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj Bhavadhas Bharat, Manimajra.
Manish Jha has directed this comedy film that features Arshad Warsi, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kayoze Irani and Boman Irani.
Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, Ajit Balaji Joshi, confirmed the ban for two months, claiming that the screening could have breached peace. According to deputy commissioner, Panchkula, Garima Mittal, the ban shall remain in force for two months, but the government can extend it. The Valmiki Dharam Samaj alleged that the film had certain scenes where Lord Valmiki has been addressed as ‘Daaku’ (dacoit).
Meanwhile, in Punjab, situation remained tense in Ludhiana on Friday as activists of Balmiki community blocked many roads protesting against the screening of Arshad Warsi- and Aditi Rao Hydari-starrer comedy film ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’ for hurting their religious sentiments. The activists forced the city shops to shut down and blocked major roads, including the Dugri road, Ghumar Mandi, Clock Tower chowk, Chaura Bazar, Kochar Market and areas of Model town and Bharat Nagar chowk. There were protests in other towns too.