Anupam Kher criticises disruption of The Accidental Prime Minister's screening by Congress workers in Kolkata mall

FP Staff

Jan 12, 2019 13:51:34 IST

A screening of The Accidental Prime Minister was interrupted at a multiplex in Kolkata's Quest Mall on 11 January, when protesters were seen with Congress flags and chanting slogans. Anupam Kher, who is portraying former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in the film, took to Twitter to criticise the incident, captioning it, "Intolerance of the people who pretend to be tolerant."

Anupam Kher essays the role of Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister

Anupam Kher essays the role of Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister

A video of the alleged incident has been widely circulated online in which protesters were seen carrying Congress flags. As per NDTV, they entered the multiplex at around 8 pm, when screening of the film was about to start, and tore apart the movie screen.

The Congress activists also allegedly threatened the viewers to immediately leave the auditorium and claimed they would not allow the film to be screened anywhere as its content is “disrespectful” towards the senior party leaders, informs The Hindustan Times.

“The film is an insult towards our senior leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. We have stopped the screening here. We will not allow the film to be screened anywhere,” Congress leader Rakesh Singh, who led the agitators, was quoted as saying by news agency Indo-Asian News Service.

Another show at Kolkata's Hind Cinema was cancelled earlier on Friday due to “security reasons” after Youth Congress activists demonstrated outside. According to viewers, the show was cancelled 10 minutes after its premiere, reports Scroll.

Updated Date: Jan 12, 2019 13:51:34 IST