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Noida: Karni Sena plans to urge theatres, people to shun Padmaavat

The Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday the pleas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments seeking a ban on release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama

noida Updated: Jan 23, 2018 21:53 IST
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The Noida police has registered a case against 200 unidentified persons for vandalising the toll plaza at the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway on January 21.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

After weeks of threats, violence and vandalism, supporters of Rajasthan-based Shri Rajput Karni Sena will now appeal to people outside multiplexes in Noida to not watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. They are also planning to meet owners of movie theatres to convince them not to screen the movie.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder patron of Karni Sena, said, “Our boys in Noida and Greater Noida are going to visit multiplex owners to request them to not show the movie. We want to enforce a ‘janata curfew’ (people’s curfew) by requesting people to not watch Padmaavat movie.”

Kalvi has also spoken with chief ministers of four states since Monday to “ban” the movie.

“I have spoken to the chief minister of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and two other states, requesting them to ban the movie. We are trying our level best to stop the premier of this movie. I have come to Gujarat for the same cause,” Kalvi said.

The move comes after the Supreme Court paved the way for the all-India release of ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25 and stayed notifications and orders issued by Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat—all ruled by the BJP—prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states. The apex court had also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or orders banning the screening of the movie.

The Gautam Nagar Police has claimed that they are fully prepared to ensure the safety of theatres and people who come to watch the film.

“The police force will be on the roads to ensure that no anti-social element creates any trouble to affect the screening of Padmaavat. We will follow the order of the court and the administration. If we catch anybody with arms to create a ruckus, strictest action will be taken against them,” Noida city superintendent of police Arun Kumar Singh said.

The Noida police has registered a case against 200 unidentified persons for vandalising the toll plaza at the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway on January 21. Police is going through the CCTV footage to identify these persons.

Meanwhile, Karni Sena and its allies protested against the film’s release in Ghaziabad on Tuesday.

A group of protesters burnt the effigy of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The protesters demanded that the release of the movie should be banned to maintain peace in the state. They stated that the movie “hurts the sentiments of Rajputs and people from Rajasthan”.

The Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday the pleas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments seeking a ban on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama. Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had approached the apex court seeking that states must be allowed to stop the film on grounds of law and order issues following the protests against the film.

Earlier this month, the censor board subjected the film to five changes and cleared it for exhibition. The apex court had also directed states to ensure that they maintain law and order and facilitate the movie’s release.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 21:52 IST