The Bathinda theatre that had agreed to run MSG, the film starring Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, has backtracked as the posters of the film have been removed from there.
Earlier in the day, the news about the censor board objecting to the film content shocked the dera followers, who were eagerly awaiting its release on January 16.
Major Singh, manager of Ajaib Cinema, said they would not run the film even if it got clearance from the censor board.
The local Sukhraj Cinema was first approached by the distributor. However, its owners had reportedly refused to run the film.
The posters of MSG at Ajaib Cinema have been replaced by the posters of Amir Khan-starrer PK, which has also had its share of controversy. The film is already running in the cinema and MSG was to replace it.
Major said, “We have sent back the posters of MSG. The owners have refused to run the film. We will not run it even if the censor board clears it in near future.”
The Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana, radical Sikh leader Baljit Singh Daduwal and many other Sikh bodies have been opposing the release of the film.
Narinder Goyal, part of the seven-member Dera Sacha Sauda district committee, said, “Earlier, Sukhraj Cinema was approached. Then we came to know that Ajaib Cinema would run it. But they have also removed the posters. I am not sure if any other cinema house has been approached to run the film.”
The local administration has been keeping a close watch on the development as the release of the film could lead to a law-and-order problem.