The screening of director Anubhav Sinha’s highly-acclaimed movie ‘Article 15’ which has been released this Friday, suspended in Kanpur following protests by a religious group.
‘Article 15’ is based on Badaun rape case and the plot revolves around the caste discrimination. According to reports, a group entered the Inox multiplex and Sapna Palace theatres on Friday and stopped the screening of Ayushmann starrer film. They shouted slogans against the filmmaker and also tore posters.
Anticipating further trouble, the exhibitors held a meeting on Saturday and decided to put the screening of the film on hold till adequate security is provided.
A cinema hall owner said that after Friday’s trouble, all shows remained suspended on Saturday and the film will not be screened in Kanpur as things stand now.
He added, “The film started with almost full shows but we cannot risk damage to property by fringe mobs. The police have not shown any interest in giving us adequate security. We have informed the distributors and the film will not be screened in Kanpur.”
Police superintend of Kanpur, Anant Deo said that he had directed all circle officers to ensure that law and order is maintained at all multiplexes and cinema halls.
Meanwhile, director Anubhav said that he is tired of reasoning with the unreasonable. “They do not have one representation and how can we deal with different groups in different districts? How can only Brahmins in Kanpur be upset with the film which is running successfully at other centers? I am upset at the attitude of the district administration,” he added.