Shiv Sena members held a protest against the recently released bollywood movie 'PK', starring Aamir Khan and Anuksha Sharma, at Aarti chowk, Ferozepur Road, on Monday.
"This film has slapped our religious sentiments. Some scenes in particular should be deleted," said the protestors.
The protestors shouted slogans against the film and blocked the road near Aarti chowk, throwing life out of gear for more than three hours.
The protestors started the protest at 11.45 am and continued till police officials convinced them to call off the stir at 2.45 pm and meet Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal at his office in Mini Secretariat.
Shiv Sena chief Rajeev Tandon said he had brought the scenes of the film that have hurt the religious sentiments to the notice of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rajat Aggarwal.
"The DC has assured me that he will try getting in touch with the film producer and director to get the scenes deleted," said Tandon, adding that if the specific scenes were not deleted, the protest would begin again within a day or two.
Commuters stuck in the jam
The commuters and many buses bound for Ferozepur, Bathinda, Moga, Faridkot and Tarn Taran were stuck in the jam. "It is unfair to see traffic jams due to protests and rallies in the city after every few days. What is the fault of a common man who has to suffer because of them? Why can't the traffic police play an active role to avoid such protests on roads? What if an ambulance has to pass through the same road?", questioned a septuagenarian Arun Kumar, who revealed that he was a blood pressure patient and had to wait for two hours in the "noisy" jam on his scooter.
Women with little babies and the elderly had to suffer the most. "I am all alone with my baby on way to a village near Ferozpur that takes about four hours on bus from Ludhiana. I am not sure if I will be able to reach before sunset. I am worried as there will be no bus to my village after 6 pm from Ferozepur," said Kulwinder Kaur, a passenger.
School vans were also stuck in the jam and got late for pickups in various schools of the city. The Silverarc mall, where 'PK' shows were on, was surrounded by the police and tight security was deployed by mall management.
"Rather than creating chaos on roads through such protests, peaceful methods must adopted," said youngsters who had gathered to witness the protest.
Flick draws applause
While Shiva Sena members are protesting against the movie, people from different walks of life praised the flick. Former president of the young writers association, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Jaspreet Singh said, "Cinema and theatre rarely touches such subjects where mind of the audience gets exposed to some whimsical realities of our country. It makes us realise that one religion is as good as another and being good and promoting humanity also means being close to god."
Model-turned-actor Gavie Chahal said, "Cinema should be taken constructively. At times, a director has to show some scenes to make people realise where our society stands. While 'Oh my God' movie released with a similar concept also saw many protests, but it painted a picture of truth. We all should learn from the recent incident of 'Rampal Baba' in Haryana. Through donations of his followers, he had created such a big kingdom.