‘MSG 2’ opens in 2,000 screens, but set to rise as ‘Katti Batti’ falters; Gurmeet Ram Rahim rues Punjab fiasco

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Updated: Sep 18, 2015 9:41 PM

Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's 'MSG 2: The Messenger', the sequel to 'MSG', today hit theatres in over 2,000 screens across the country amid fanfare.

Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s ‘MSG 2: The Messenger’, the sequel to ‘MSG’, today hit theatres in over 2,000 screens across the country amid fanfare.

‘MSG 2’ too features Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the lead role.

“Exhibitors were given less number of shows in view of another release, the Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan starrer  ‘Katti Batti’, but seeing the response from the public the number of shows are likely to increase on week end,” Dera spokesman Aditya Insan said.

“The response across India is fantastic,” he claimed, adding that the Tamil and Telugu version will be released next week.

‘MSG2’ overseas release is slated for next week in English. The Dera Sacha Sauda claims that its follower base is close to four crore.

Followers of the sect were seen reaching cinemas attired in T-shirts donning photograph of the Dera head.

At few places in Haryana, including Sirsa, where the headquarters of the sect is located, the enthusiasm was more among the followers, who reached multiplexes in huge numbers while dancing to the beats of drums.

In Punjab, the reports are “lukewarm” as exhibitors are afraid to screen the film in view of government pressure, Insan claimed.

“Punjab government is suppressing the fundamental rights of people by not allowing the film to be released by putting pressure,” he claimed.

Last year, the Punjab government had imposed a ban on ‘MSG’ even though the film did good business in other parts of the country, he said.

“Exhibitors are ready to show the film in multiplexes in Punjab, but are afraid of government,” he claimed, referring to few districts of Punjab, including Bathinda and Mansa where the film is not released in cinemas.

Notably, the Punjab government has not imposed a ban on ‘MSG’ this time.

Meanwhile, reports claimed that owners of cinema theatres and multiplexes across Punjab were asked not to show the film as they have received “threats” from some radical organisations.

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