A day after the Maharashtra government decided to make screening of Marathi movies mandatory during prime time slots in multiplexes across the state, Bollywood reacted to the news on Twitter. While some were happy, several others slammed the development. However, writer Shobhaa De seems to be getting most of the flak. On Wednesday, Shiv Sena sought to move a breach of privilege motion against her for her tweets attacking the development.
Writer Shobhaa De tweeted, "Devendra 'Diktatwala' Fadnavis is at it again!!!From beef to movies. This is not the Maharashtra we all love! Nako!Nako! Yeh sab roko! I love Marathi movies. Let me decide when and where to watch them, Devendra Fadnavis. This is nothing but Dadagiri. No more pop corn at multiplexes in Mumbai? Dahi misal and vada pav only. To go better with the Marathi movies at prime time."
No more pop corn at multiplexes in Mumbai? Dahi misal and vada pav only. To go better with the Marathi movies at prime time .— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 7, 2015
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena objected to Shobhaa De's tweet regarding Maharashtra government's decision, and sought to move a breach of privilege motion against her. Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik, through point of propriety, in the Legislative Assembly said that the novelist had hurt the sentiments of the House which had whole-heartedly welcomed culture minister Vinod Tawde's announcement that screening of Marathi films would be made mandatory during the prime time slot. Sarnaik said that in her tweet, Shobhaa had remarked that popcorns will be replaced by 'dahi misal' and 'vada pav' in multiplexes. He then sought to move a breach of privilege motion against her.
Reacting to the demand for an apology, Shobhaa wrote on Twitter, "Now a privilege motion demanding an apology from me? Come on! I am a proud Maharashtrian and love Marathi films. Always have. Always will!"
Now a privilege motion demanding an apology from me? Come on! I am a proud Maharashtrian and love Marathi films. Always have. Always will !— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 8, 2015
Actor Ritesh Deshmukh, who has produced Marathi films, called the decision "welcome news" while filmmaker Onir said regional cinema across the country needed state support. "Appreciate the move by the govt of Maharashtra to support #Marathi Cinema. Regional cinema all over the country needs state support," Onir tweeted.
#Marathi cinema in the recent years have had some beautiful films. They need to be given the screen space to make regional cinema flourish— Onir (@IamOnir) April 7, 2015
Actor Rishi Kapoor said good cinema will survive irrespective of language. "Today theatre rentals so high difficult for weak films to survive irrespective of language. Case in point F&F7. Open field, anyone welcome. "You cannot thrust anything on anyone zabardasti. If it is good it will survive otherwise.. Cinema is also a business. Big monies involved... Ritesh Deshmukhs film in Marathi was a super hit. So were others. So welcome all. We are all equal here in cinema. May the best win! (sic)," he wrote.
You cannot thrust anything on anyone zabardasti. If it is good it will survive otherwise..Cinema is also a business.Big monies involved— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) April 7, 2015
Tanuj Garg, however, said decisions on movie programming should be based on "business and revenue potential" and left to "distributors and exhibitors".
Filmmaker and censor board member Ashoke Pandit said, "Any kind of force is not good for a democracy... you can request these multiplexes that you adjust the regions vis a vis great cinema, a request can be made and let us understand that this is business."
Why only 1 show of a Marathi film? Deserves much more respect & dignity. Theatre owners shud be involved 2 achieve this goal. #MarathiCinema— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) April 7, 2015
According to director Sudhir Mishra, Marathi cinema was doing good and should be promoted. "I don't know if there can be anything mandatory or forcible but I hope all regional cinemas are encouraged... I think it is good if Marathi films can be encouraged," he told a news channel. Producer Anubhav Sinha too supported the decision, saying, "Regional Films must get proper and fair showcasing. Specially when Marathi Industry is making such wonderful films."