No Jodhaa Akbar in Ahmedabad now
Screening of the Bollywood movie has been stopped in multiplexes after protests by the Rajput community.Updated: Feb 17, 2008 21:14 IST
Screening of Bollywood movie Jodhaa Akbar has been stopped in multiplexes across the city following protests by the Rajput community.
A group of people also vandalised a single-screen cinema hall in Naroda area of the city on Sunday which was screening the movie, police said.
"Most of the multiplexes have temporarily stopped screening of Jodhaa Akbar after a group of around 25 persons came to all the multiplexes and warned against screening the film," Manubhai Patel, President of Multiplexs Owners' Association of Gujarat told PTI.
"We are trying to convince the people of Rajput community to allow us to screen the movie," he added.
Meanwhile, a group of around 25 people broke glass doors, windows and furniture of Galaxy Cinema Hall on Sunday, police said.
Police brought the rampage under control by mild lathicharge, officials said, adding that they have detained three people.
The police were not aware of the political or social affiliations of the group which attacked the cinema hall.
This is the first such attack on the cinema hall screening of the controversial film Jodhaa Akbar in Gujarat. The film has not been allowed to be screened in Rajastahan following protest by Rajput groups.
The VHP had on Saturday backed the Rajput community in their protest against the film. VHP leader Pravin Togadia said that Rajput community is justified in opposing the screening because it had "distrocted" facts.
Meanwhile, reports coming from Surat said that the Rajput community members had protested against the screening of Jodhaa Akbar in front of a Kinnari cinema hall.
The film is being screened in the presence of heavy police bandobast in most of the cinema halls and multiplexes in Surat.
The Rajput community members have warned that if the screening of the film is not stopped by Monday then they will intensify their protests.