Despite the Supreme Court staying notifications by four states - Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat - on Thursday to ban the release Padmaavat and the Gujarat Police asking multiplex owners about their security requirements, the latter are clearly running scared.
Some multiplexes and single-screen cinemas in Gujarat would not be screening Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film "Padmaavat" fearing violence, owners said today.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria met leaders of the Rajput Karni Sena at the State Secretariat.
"We would also like the erstwhile royal family of Mewar to move the court, as this will strengthen our case", he said adding that the petition would be moved by Monday or Tuesday.
Patel said a final decision with regard to the screening of Padmaavat in the 125 multiplexes in the state will be taken after a meeting of the Gujarat Multiplex Onwers Association on Monday afternoon. On Saturday, these fringe groups allegedly blocked highways by burning tyres in Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, and Banaskantha districts. "We are exploring all options and studying the Supreme Court ruling".
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.
Rakesh Patel, owner of the Wide Angle multiplex in Ahmedabad, told DH he is the only person who has decided not to screen the movie in his multiplex as he has been contacted by almost eight groups. In Ahmedabad, there are 46 multiplex cinema halls but will not show the movie. But Rajput groups have been alleging that movie portrays queen Padmini's character in an improper way and hurts the sentiments of the community.
Patel says huge loss is anticipated by the movie's release and no cinema owner would want to bear it. The Rajput Karni Sena has threatened all the cineplexes across the globe to face major loss if they will telecast the movie.
After the Supreme Court lifted ban, the State government issued a statement saying that it would "study the SC order" and then decide on the next move.
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