Post vi­o­lence, the­atres stop Man­mo­han film

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - —PTI

Kolkata: The screen­ing of The Accidental Prime Min­is­ter was stopped at two sin­gle­screen the­atres and one au­di­to­rium of a mul­ti­plex chain here on Satur­day fol­low­ing protests by the Youth Congress against the con­tro­ver­sial film. “We’ve stopped screen­ing of the film from today, the second day after its re­lease, ap­pre­hend­ing (any) un­to­ward in­ci­dent after parts of a screen were torn up in a mul­ti­plex in a mall at Park Cir­cus,” Navin Chokhani, the owner of sin­gle-screen Nav­ina Cin­ema, said.

The movie’s screen­ing was stopped, though its 2-pm show on the first day had passed off smoothly, Chokhani said.

A spokesper­son of Ashoka Cin­ema, the other sin­gle screen where the film was stopped, said, “We have de­cided to sus­pend the mati­nee show of ‘The Accidental Prime Min­is­ter’ from today in view of the ag­i­ta­tions by some group.” The film is based on the mem­oir of the same name by San­jaya Baru, the me­dia ad­viser to for­mer prime min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh.

On Fri­day, ac­tivists of the Congress’ youth wing had staged protests against the movie out­side an au­di­to­rium of a mul­ti­plex chain on Ganesh Chan­dra Av­enue and tore the film posters.

An­other group of the Youth Congress ac­tivists had stormed into the au­di­to­rium of the same mul­ti­plex chain at Park Cir­cus dur­ing a la­teevening show and al­legedly tore parts of the screen.

The mul­ti­plex chain spokesper­son said the show of the film was can­celled from Satur­day only at Hind -- its prop­erty on Ganesh Chan­dra Av­enue -- and nowhere else in the city or in the sub­urbs. “Yesterday, there had been an in­ter­rup­tion around 8 pm at the Quest (mall in Park Cir­cus). But the sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol now,” the spokesper­son said.

Anu­pam Kher

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