Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Padmaavat opens amid tension but no violence

- HT Correspond­ents letters@hindustant­imes.com CONTINUED ON P 10 RELATED REPORTS P2

NEWDELHI: Cinema halls in several states did not screen Padmaavat as the controvers­ial film on legendary queen Padmini opened across the country on Thursday amid the Karni Sena’s national bandh call evoking a poor response.

While the film’s screening was stalled by theatre owners in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan fearing violence, it was shown in many cinema halls in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana amid tight security. In other states, the film opened without incident.

Meanwhile, t he Supreme Court agreed to hear a contempt petition on Monday against the states where the film was not screened while the Film Certificat­ion Appellate Tribunal dismissed an appeal by the Jauhar Smriti Sansthan seeking a stay on the movie’s release saying it distorted historical facts. The court admitted the contempt petition against the four states and the Shree Rajpur Karni Sena. On January 18, the Supreme Court had set aside the ban on the film by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Trade analyst Atul Mohan said he was hopeful about Padmaavat’s good run at the box office. “It can be a hit because people are liking the film. They are posting their comments on social media. Reviews are mostly positive. It has the potential to do well despite the ban. People are curious about all the noise around it,” he said. The film opened for paid previews on Wednesday and earned ~5 crore. Mohan believes it’s a good collection.

 ?? MOHD ZAKIR/HT ?? The film was shown across 4,000 screens and a million viewers watched it, a statement by producers Viacom said.
MOHD ZAKIR/HT The film was shown across 4,000 screens and a million viewers watched it, a statement by producers Viacom said.
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