Marathi film Deva gets 295 screens in Mumbai after threats from MNS
The MNS had accused Yash Raj Films, the producers of Tiger Zinda Hai, of arm-twisting multiplexes to screen their film and deny screen space to Devamumbai Updated: Dec 21, 2017 23:17 IST
After Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) threats, multiplex and theatre owners finally gave 295 screens to Marathi movie Deva.
The MNS had threatened agitation after the film was denied screens owing to the release of Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai.
Ameya Khopkar, president, MNS film workers’ union, said it was a victory for the Marathi film industry. “The MNS’ clout and unity of the Marathi film industry ensured Deva got its rightful place,” said Khopkar.
The MNS had accused Yash Raj Films, the producers of Tiger Zinda Hai, of arm-twisting multiplexes to screen their film and deny screen space to Deva.
Khopkar on Wednesday had threatened that the MNS will not allow YRF to shoot anywhere in the state if Deva did not get adequate prime time screen presence. It also warned multiplex and theater owners that the MNS will move the state government to cancel their licences for discriminating against Marathi films.
Actor Vijay Patkar, who is also the director of Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal, demanded a permanent solution. “Everytime we have to approach someone to get our due rights, as we are given step-motherly treatment. We want separate exclusive screens just for Marathi films in each multiplex,” said Patkar.
Patkar debunked that Marathi films do not perform well. “Compared to Hindi films, our content is much superior and our films really do well,” he said.