Finally after a year-long controversy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ reaches theatres today. The film will not be released in four states-Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Bihar. In these four big states, the cinema and multiplex owners are not ready to screen the movie. In Uttar Pradesh, the Cinema owners are yet to reach a conclusion. There is no official decision on Haryana.
But the film will have a smooth run in all five Southern states- Kerala, TamilNadu, Andhra, Telangana, and Karnataka. Preparations are moving on smoothly as per schedule in Maharashtra and West Bengal.
As the Karni Sena protesters ran amok and engaged in mindless vandalism and arson, Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association, Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association of Gujarat and Multiplex Association of India decided that the film will not be screened in the state. "The association has decided not to screen Padmaavat in 120 cinemas across Gujarat, including 32 in Ahmedabad, till a compromise is reached between Karni Sena and film producers," said GMOA chief Manubhai Patel.
Though a school bus was attacked by Karni Sena activists in Gurugram, Delhi government is very firm on the release of the ‘Padmaavat’ here. The local authority has announced 144. So nobody can come near the theatres in a group.
A virtual repeat of Gujarat was played out in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh where Central Cine Circuit Association announced it couldn't release the film in the wake of threats of violence by MP Rajput Samaj, which is spearheading the campaign against the film.
In Rajasthan, the epicenter of protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film, cinema and multiplex owners had already decided against screening the film. Though no official stand was taken by their counterparts in Bihar, there are no takers for releasing the film in Bihar too.
The Multiplex Association of India said it has decided not to screen the film in four states. "We have decided not to play the film in four states—Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP and Goa—as the local management has told us that the law and order situation is not conducive," Deepak Asher, president of the association, said.