‘Oh My God’ not released in Ludhiana
Avoiding any controversy, the police have stopped the release of Bollywood film 'Oh My God' that was scheduled on Friday.
Industry sources said that the film had been released in all multiplexes and cinemas of Punjab, except Ludhiana and Jalandhar, where some Hindu organizations had raised objections to the content and certain dialogues in the film.
Cinema owners and multiplexes have refunded the money to customers who had booked their tickets in advance.
The comedy starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal is directed by Asvini Yardi and the story is based on a Gujrati Play 'Kanji Virudh Kanji'. It has been learnt that the police commissioner Ishwar Singh convened a meeting of cinema owners and multiplex managers, sensing the sentiments of Hindu organisations. Later, the cinema and multiplex owners organized a pre- release show for Hindu Organization leaders and police officials at Waves in Westend Mall.
However, Hindu organizations formed a committee under the leadership of Mahant Narayan Das Puri and after a meeting at the Sangla Shivala shrine demanded the registration of a criminal case against director, producer and actors of the movie. The group also demanded dissolution of the Censor Board that passed the film. A police complaint was also filed.
Rajinder Kaura, president of cinema owners' organization of Ludhiana, said they had not released the film, following verbal orders from the police.
General Secretary of Northern India Motion Picture Association, Ashok Sharma, said, as per his knowledge the film had been released and was being played in several cinemas and multiplexes of all cities, except Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Everybody has the right to protest for their demands in a democratic set-up. However, blocking roads is not justified. Teachers are expected to be role-models and nation-builders.They should hold rallies at places where no disruption is created.This will help them win the public's favour.