NO TAKERS For Padmaavat In Rajasthan & Gujarat Yet

Despite the ban being lifted, distributors are wary of the Deepika-Ranveer-Shahid starrer Padmaavat...

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NO TAKERS For Padmaavat In Rajasthan & Gujarat Yet
We all remember how the Supreme Court quashed the ban on Padmaavat by states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana (backlink). Despite the ruling, there are no distributors of the film in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Now isn't that a sorry state of affairs?

While there are no distributors for the film in Rajasthan, multiplex owners in Gujarat have decided not to screen Padmaavat and reason being put forward is the fear of vandalism. After all there have been repeated threats by groups led by the Karni Sena.

Talking about the same Rakesh Patel, director, Gujarat multiplex association said to a leading daily, “We have decided not to screen the movie in whole of Gujarat. Everyone is scared, No multiplex wants to bear the loss. Why will we bear the loss? On Friday, we had a meeting with police department which has asked us to provide us details on our security requirement. But at the same time, not one or two, but the number of protesting groups has swelled to 10. All of them have been making frequent visits to multiplexes across the state and have warning us for consequences if the film will be screened. These groups are adding to their strength every day. The number of groups and those supporting them to stop Padmaavat’s release are only adding up by each day. In such scenarios, despite the police department ready to provide security cover, only theatre owners will be at loss in case of untoward incidents.”

The same story was repeated in Rajasthan.

"We have no distributor yet. The film has not been sold to anyone. All the rights lie with Bhansali alone. I don't think the film will be released until the controversy is resolved within the state. The distributor hasn't been finalised yet. We generally don't flout orders. So, we will go ahead with whatever the authorities decide. We are awaiting a police orders. Nothing can anyway be done until a distributor comes in," Sunil Bansal, a film distributor said while speaking to a leading daily.

We hope the issues are resolved before Padmaavat hits the theatres on January 25.

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