Maharashtra Bandh Affects Film Shoots and Promotional Events In Mumbai

Not just TV shoots, promotional events for upcoming films have been rescheduled due to the Maharashtra Bandh. Here we bring you a consolidated list of the same. Read on to know...

The Subah Subah song from Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety was scheduled to be launched at an event today and Sanjay Suri’s My Birthday Song trailer was also going to be released today at a special event. But both the events have been deferred due to the ongoing protests and situation.

"Due to #MaharashtraBandh today we have decided to push our #MyBirthdaySongTrailer release to tomorrow 4th Jan'2018 Thank you," actor-producer Sanjay Suri tweeted. When contacted by a secion of the media, Sanjay confirmed the news saying, "Considering that a bandh was called today we decided to call the trailer launch off and re-plan for tomorrow. Plans were altered accordingly."

Plus there was also going to be a press screening of the Hollywood horror film Insidious 4 this evening, which was postponed to tomorrow.

"There are things and situations which are bigger than a song launch or a film event. Security is much more important. Ours was a very candid event with the media, so it is okay. But what was more important for us is that everyone should be safe.  So we decided to call it off as one needs to feel secure. This is too small a thing in the larger scheme of events," director of Sonu Ke Titu Ke Sweety, Luv Ranjan told a section of the media. 

"We have launched the song anyway, it is live and we still are more than a month away from the release of the film. So it is fine, we will get more opportunities to interact with the media. But right now, safety was more important. Why take unnecessary risks?" Luv added.

Also, shoots at Mehboob studio were stalled. "There was an ad shoot lined up for today but it is not happening now. No shoots are currently happening at the studio," a functionary from Mehboob studio said when contacted by a section of the media.

For those who don't know the whole thing started after a clash erupted in Pune between Dalits and right-wing groups during a rally to commemorate the Bhima-Koregaon battle, the violence spread to Mumbai and several neighboring cities. The groups clashed for a long duration and the government’s failure to control the situation angered the Dalits. They organised rail and raasta roko (rail and road blocks) across Mumbai, which lead to traffic services being disrupted in several suburbs. Prakash Ambedkar, former MP and grandson of Bhimrao Ambedkar, had called for a Maharashtra bandh today (January 03), but the government did not budge. However, with the protests still going on, several film events have been cancelled.

The various communal groups have organised road and rail roko today too. Though the police have taken swift action and caught a lot of protesters and disrupted protests, some areas are still affected. Local train and express train services have also been affected, while several auto rickshaws have decided to stay off the road. Schools, colleges and several office have remained shut too.

Apart from all this, several TV events and shoots have been cancelled too.

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