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Sambhaji Brigade vandalises mall in Maharashtra for screening ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’

The Sambhaji Brigade local organisation protested against Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil hai Mushkil” on Thursday and vandalised the multiplex at Sarvoday Mall in Kalyan (west).

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2016 01:19 IST
Padmja Sinha
Padmja Sinha
Hindustan Times
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The multiplex at Sarvoday Mall in Kalyan, that was shut down after the vandalism.(Rishikesh)

The Sambhaji Brigade, a local organisation, protested against Karan Johar’s film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, on Thursday and vandalised a multiplex at Sarvoday Mall in Kalyan (West).

They broke the booking counter and pelted stones.

The incident occurred around 3pm and the members fled from the site after vandalising the property. The mall authorities have shut down the multiplex.

The film had run into trouble over the casting of Pakistani artistes after Uri terror attacks. Fawad Khan, a Pakistani actor who stars in the movie, left India shortly before the movie released. The MNS was particularly vocal about banning the movie across the state.

Read MNS wants Mahira and Fawad replaced in Raees, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis faced arrows from the Shiv Sena after he assured the audience of peaceful screening. The Sena thought that the BJP was shielding Pakistani personalities and this was totally uncalled for after the bout of terror inflicted upon the country by Pakistan.

ReadShiv Sena heckles BJP over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil issue in Saamana editorial

Officials from Mahatma Phule Police station said, “ We have started registering complaints against the accused. Security was beefed up at the mall till Tuesday for peaceful screening of the film, however, it was lifted only today and the incident took place. We will book the accused in due course of time.”

The Sambhaji Brigade members aptly used the issue raised by the Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena (MNS) and had earlier staged a silent protest against the release of the movie during the Diwali week and had hinted that they might resort to violent means after Diwali if the mall authorities did not stop screening the movie.

Read Ae Dil Hai Mushkil row: Sanjay Manjrekar slams MNS over threat to theatre owners

The police officials will complete the formality by the end of the day and would decide further course of action.

First Published: Nov 03, 2016 16:39 IST