Though Supreme Court has stayed the ban imposed on Padmaavat, theatre owners are stil wary of screening the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film fearing violence. Some multiplexes and single-screen cinemas in Gujarat would not be screening “Padmaavat” fearing violence, owners said. The owner of Wide Angle Multiplex, which has theatres in Ahmedabad city and Mehasana, said it will not screen the film till the dispute between the Rajput community leaders and the film producers is resolved. While protests against the film continued in several parts of the state, multiplex owners’ association of Rajkot said they won’t screen the film either. “We have decided not to show the film at Wide Angle multiplexes in Ahmedabad and Mehasana till the two parties resolve the dispute,” said Manubhai Patel, the owner of Wide Angle Multiplexes, who is also the state president of Multiplex Owners Association. Gujarat protesters had vandalised Rajhans Cinemas in Ahmedabad last night which has further enhanced the fear among the owners.
Other multiplex owners will take their own decision as the Association has not taken any collective decision on the issue, Patel said. “We have taken the decision (not to screen) keeping in mind the safety of our property and that of viewers,” he said. In Rajkot, following a meeting between theatre owners and representatives of Karni Sena, a Rajput outfit which is vehemently opposing the film for alleged distortion of facts, it was reportedly decided that the film won’t be screened either in multiplexes or single-screen theatres in the city.
The Vasundhara Raje government has also decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its order that allowed the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali film ‘Padmaavat’, a senior Rajasthan minister said. Rajasthan’s Home and Justice minister Gulabchand Kataria said the state government has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme court. The review petition would be filed on Monday or Tuesday, he said.