In an attempt to set on fire a cinema hall showing the controversial film Padmaavat, two unidentified persons threw a petrol bomb at it but the bomb got tangled in electricity wires outside hall. The incident took place in UP’s Muzaffarnagar. Chandra Talkies, the theatre is one of the three cinema halls in Muzaffarnagar showing the movie. lice said today. The perpetrators are yet to be identified. They came on a motorcycle and tried to set the hall on fire by throwing a petrol bomb, Circle Officer Harish Bhadhoria said. No major damage was reported by the theatre’s owners, police said. Security was tightened at the three cinema halls — Chandra, Maya and Karniwal — screening the film after the incident, the officer said.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama has been marred by controversies since the time it went into production. Fringe Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, have protested against the movie alleging that it distorts history and shows Queen Padmini in poor light. The filmmakers have repeatedly denied the allegations.
The Karni Sena has been at the forefront of protests against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie, alleging that the makers had distorted history. The group was not happy with censor board chief Prasoon Joshi’s decision to clear the film with modifications and three disclaimers, and continued with the protests even after the film’s release.
The film, starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati and Ranveer Singh as Allaudin Khilji, hit the screens on January 25, after months of stiff opposition from right-wing groups.
Padmaavat is doing great business at box office. Controversial movie, Padmaavat has generated a record USD 4.4 million over its three-day debut period in North America and USD 4.9 million in the first four days, setting a new record in itself. The period drama is now playing in 326 theatres across the US and Canada in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D formats.