Padmaavat controversy updates: Karnataka bandh delays screening in Bengaluru; makers 'hope' Indians across states get to watch film

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Jan 25, 2018 17:38:22 IST

Padmaavat controversy updates: Karnataka bandh delays screening in Bengaluru; makers 'hope' Indians across states get to watch film



  • Ram Nath Kovind's veiled attack against 'Padmaavat' protests

    President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday made a veiled attack on the protests against Padmaavat, saying disagreements should not mock a fellow citizen's dignity and personal space.

    The president's attack in his first Republic Day eve address to the nation came against the backdrop of violence in some states by supporters of Rajput outfit Karni Seva who opposed the release of the Sanjay Leela Bansali-directed film on Thursday.

    "A civic-minded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we respect the next-door person's space, privacy and rights. Where we do not inconvenience our neighbours while celebrating a festival or while resorting to a protest or on any other occasion.

    "Where one can disagree with another viewpoint  or even with a historical context  without mocking a fellow citizen's dignity and personal space. This is fraternity in action."


  • Will watch 'Padmaavat' with other Rajput leaders: Manish Sisodia

    Condemning the attack on a school bus in Gurugram allegedly by Karni Sena supporters on Wednesday over the release of Padmaavat, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said he will watch the film with Rajput leaders like him and brief the people about it later.

    "I am myself a Rajput. I was totally moved because of Wednesday's incident. This is a criminal act. I invited many Rajput leaders to discuss the recent developments and the violence (centering the movie). We are totally against these acts," Sisodia told media persons.

    "I and many other Rajput leaders will watch Padmaavat Thursday and see what is the reality and then will brief people about the film," he said.


  • Watch: Suraj Pal Amu being taken into custody by Gurugram police

    Video courtesy: Sat Singh/101Reporters

  • Posters being removed from cinema hall in Mirzapur to avoid fringe elements

    Image courtesy: Saurabh Sharma/101reporters

  • Bhupinder Singh Hooda blames BJP govt's failure for violence in Haryana

    Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleged that the violence in the state was a result of BJP government's failure in taking timely steps to take precautionary measures. "First BJP Govenment does not handle situation, then it get people killed by the bullets of police and Army", Hooda said in Bhiwani of Haryana.

    - Sat Singh/101Reporters

  • Fear shuts out Padmaavat in Bhopal

    Image courtesy: PTI

  • Hope Indians across all states get to watch 'Padmaavat', say makers

    As "Padmaavat" released in 4,000-plus screens in India, barring a few states, the movie's makers said the first day response has been overwhelming, but they hope Indians across all states get to watch it.

    "We are humbled with the response we have received for 'Padmaavat'. Over 1 million Indians have already watched the film and occupancy levels for shows are very strong across more than 4,000 screens with most running housefull. The feedback for the film has been overwhelming," a Viacom18 Motion Pictures spokesperson said in a statement.

    "We are grateful to the government, state authorities, police and our fans for making the opening a stellar success. We are hopeful that every Indian — across all states — will get a chance to see the film especially as we celebrate our great nation's 69th Republic Day," the spokesperson added.

  • Gurugram police says will act against Suraj Pal Singh 'accordingly'

  • Multiplex vandalised in Pilkuhwa locality in Hapur district for screening Padmaavat. - Saurabh Sharma/101reporters

  • Schools in Gujarat's Mahisagar district asked not to use Padmaavat songs in Republic Day events
    Government schools in Gujarat's Mahisagar district have been asked not to include programmes based on songs or scenes of the film Padmaavat during the Republic Day celebrations on Friday.
    District primary education officer Kishor Jani on Thursday said that schools will organise several cultural programmes on Republic Day."The schools have been told not to include programmes based on songs and scenes of this film during cultural events to be held on 26 January," Jani said, adding, "It is a positive step to avoid any controversy."
    He said the suggestion has been made to the schools as there has been a controversy over the film Padmaavat, and some parts of the state have witnessed violence.

  • Karni Sena supporters set fire to cars owned by one of them

    In an incident which took place on Wednesday, Karni Sena activists reportedly torched a Maruti Swift car belonging to one of them during a protest in Bhopal, reported India Today.

    Six people were detained in connection with the incident, according to India Today. A large group of activists then assembled at the MP Nagar police station demanding that a case not be registered.

  • Padmaavat screened in Punjab, Haryana amid security

    "Padmaavat" was screened across Punjab and Haryana on Thursday to a good response from viewers amid tension and security around multiplexes and cinema halls in both the states.

    With scores of armed policemen and private guards stationed in and around the multiplexes and cinema halls, most shows reported high to full occupancy.

    Haryana director general of police BS Sandhu said in Chandigarh that the film was being screened incident-free in 33 cinema halls across nine districts in Haryana. "No disturbance has been reported from anywhere," he said.


  • Karnataka shutdown delays Padmaavat shows in Bengaluru

    The shutdown across Karnataka on Thursday has delayed the screening of "Padmaavat" here as the movie halls remained shut till Thursday evening.

    "As a result of the shutdown in the city, multiplexes will remain closed till about 6 pm and the Padmaavat would be screened at a majority of theatres in the city only after that," the manager of one of the popular cinema halls said.

    The 12-hour shutdown is being observed for Mahadayi river water from the neighbouring state of Goa to meet the drinking needs of the people in the state's four northwest districts of Belagavi, Bagalkote, Dharwad and Hubballi.


  • Suraj Pal Amu says he does not support violence

  • Suraj Pal Amu held by Gurugram police 

  • Watch: Bajrang Dal members burning effigy of Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Ferozabad

    Video courtesy: Ajendra Sharma/101 Reporters

  • Section 144 imposed in Gurugram and Sonipat, reports India Today

  • PIL filed in Punjab and Haryana HC seeking action against Karni Sena Chandigarh
    A PIL was on Thursday filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking action against Karni Sena activists for "disturbing peace" in the wake of the release of "Padmaavat".
    The Sanjay Leela Bansali directed period drama was released across the country today despite opposition from the Rajput outfit and several other organisations.
    The PIL, filed by advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal, also sought directions from the court that the governments of those states where incidents of violence and protests took place be held accountable and be asked to pay for damages caused by Karni Sena activists.

  • Haryana DGP BS Sandhu statement on screening of Padmavat:

    Any cinema owner willing to screen in his theatre can approach through concerned deputy commissioner and he would be provided complete police protection by the state police.

    No Karni Sena member or organization was allowed to protest in the state after Wednesday’s violence in Gurugram.

    Those protesting or trying to obstruct the screening of Padmavat would be dealt with strict action.

    Around 31 persons have been arrested and four FIRs have been registered in relation to the protest regarding the movie.

    No untoward incident has been reported from the cities or cinema halls where the movie is being screened.

    Suraj Pal Ammu, who put Rs 10-crore bounty on Padmavati makers, is not being allowed to move out of his residence.

    - Sat Singh/101 Reporters

  • Bihar Police says protests in state 'done within law' so far

  • Mumbai Karni Sena chief detained

  • 60% occupancy for Padmaavat in Delhi theatres for first show 

  • 'Padmaavat' opens in Kolkata, shows running smoothly
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film 'Padmaavat' opened in 129 theatres in and around Kolkata on Thursday, a spokesperson of the movie distributor
    'Padmavaat' shows are running smoothly everywhere in the city with no sign of protest anywhere, a police officer said, adding that elaborate security arrangements have been put in place.
    "The film is running in 129 theatres, including single-screens and multiplexes, in Kolkata and its surrounding areas and there is no report of any disruption as yet," the spokesperson of SVF, the distributor of the film, said.
    "In many auditoriums, the shows are running houseful while the response has been good in others," she said. 

  • Mirzapur police detains one in connection with the petrol bomb hurled at a cinema hall on Wednesday night. - Saurabh Sharma/101 reporters

  • Rajasthan home minister says law and order 'peaceful' in state

  • Watch: Kshatriya Mahasabha announces Rs 51 lakh bounty for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's head

    Video courest: Yogesh Bharadwaj/101reporters

  • Deepika Padukone 'overjoyed' to see support for Padmaavat's release

  • Kshatriya Mahasabha's Divakar Singh announces Rs 51 lakh bounty for beheading Sanjay Leela Bhansali. - Yogesh Bharadwaj/101reporters

  • Gurgaon school bus stone pelting 'isolated incident', says Haryana Police

    At a press conference on Thursday, Haryana Police said, "As per Supreme Court's order, Padmaavat has been released in nine cities in Haryana, which included Gurgaon, Faridabad, Hissar, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Rohtak, Sonipat, Rewadi. Thirty three cinema halls have been screening the movie without any interruption."

    Calling the stone pelting on a school bus in Gurugram an "isolated incident", the police said. "Unfortunately, there was a school bus incident Gurugram. About 18 people have been arrested. Considering the offences against them, it will be difficult for them to get bail."

    The police said that police protection has been provided to cinema halls. "If anybody takes part, strict action will be taken against them. We assure the filmmakers that protection we will provided to you," he said. A total of 54 police companies have been deployed.

  • Home ministry sources says two states have approached Centre for help

  • Thane theatre cancels late night and early morning show timings due to lack of police protection

    At Cinepolis multiplex in Thane's Viviana mall, Thursday's night shows that were to start after 9:30 pm and Friday's shows that were to start before 9:30 am have been cancelled as during this period, the mall won't have police protection. Police force will be deployed for the Republic Day celebrations. 

    This is to be noted that despite no semblance of threat, the multiplex has been cautious to screen the movie without police protection.

    - Debdutta Mohanty/101Reporters

  • Bihar: Visuals from protests in Motihari 

  • BSP supremo Mayawati holds BJP government responsible for violence

    Image procured by Saurabh Sharma/ 101reporters

  • Watch: Karni Sena supporters forces shop to shut in Madhya Pradesh's Dewas

    Video courtesy: Hitesh Sharma/101 reporters

  • Kshatriya Mahasabha offers Rs 1 crore bounty for actress Deepika Padukone's ears, nose

  • Haryana finance minister Captain Abhimanyu demands strict action against those involved in stone pelting on school bus in Gurugram. - Sat Singh/101Reporters

  • Watch: Madhya Pradesh: Karni Sena takes out rally in Dewas

    Video courtesy: Hitesh Sharma/101 reporters

  • Rajput leaders in Junaghad's Manavadar taluka seek ban on film

    Junaghad's Manavadar taluka in Gujarat closes shops in support of bandh. Rajput leaders Vikramsigh Chavda and Mahendrasigh Chavda from Junaghad led a rally and submitted a memorandum demanding ban of the film to the mamlatdar.

    - Binita Parikh/101 Reporters

  • Why is Centre silent on violence, asks Congress' Priyanka Chaturvedi

    Congress' Priyanka Chaturvedi on Thursday lashed out at the BJP government over the law and order issue in the country. She said, "The question is not about Karni Sena. When you are confronted with a situation like this, where people especially children suffer... What happens to you? They (BJP) should be ashamed of themselves that they continue to play politics over these issues."

    Chaturvedi hit out at the ministry and broadcasting industry. "When Smriti Irani can tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's daily schedule, couldn't she have discussed the problem with the protestors. The things you could've avoided, you separated yourself from them and have instead encouraged the protests," she said.

    "The question is not about Congress but about country's law and order. Either resign or take responsibility, she added.

  • Tyres burnt on highway in Becharaji

    Becharaji, is famous for the temple of eunuchs. Tyres were burnt on a highway in support of the bandh in Gujarat.

    - Binita Parikh/101 reporters

  • Ruckus in Punjab's Zirakpur town over release of Padmaavat

    Shiv Sena supporters create ruckus in Paras downtown mall.

    - Arjun Sharma/101 Reporters

  • Those accused of damaging buses of a school produced in court: 101 Reporters

  • Gurugram tense but peaceful now; over 1,500 cops deployed

    Tension prevailed in Gurgaon but situation remained largely peaceful as heavy police presence ensured that there was no untoward incident in the city on account of Padmaavat protest. Over 1500 cops have been deployed in the city to keep the protesters in check.

    Cinemagoers for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat had to stare at cancellation circulars of the movie instead at the Ambience Mall on Thursday morning, a day after the city witnessed violence by those protesting against its release.

    Despite being heavily fortified with security officials, several malls across the city where the movie is being screened appeared deserted after many people chose to stay away from any untoward  incident.

    - Sat Singh/101 Reporters

  • Haryana DGP to address press conference at around 3.30 pm

    - Sat Singh/101 Reporters

  • Tyres burnt on Halol Baroda highway

    Tyres were burnt on Halol Baroda highway in support of a bandh to stop vehicle movement to and from Baroda in Gujarat.

    - Binita Parikh/101 Reporters

  • Members of Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha burn Bhansali's effigy in Sonbhadra

    - Sunil Tiwari/101 Reporters

  • Women protesters brandish swords in UP's Deoband

    ​- Vipin Bajaj/101 Reporters

  • PM not showing 56-inch chest to Rajputs: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi

    "The prime minister has surrendered to Rajputs," India Today TV quoted Owaisi as saying.

  • Here is a pretty apt take on all the chaos so far:

  • Bajrang Dal workers clash with police in Uttarakhand

Latest update: At a press conference on Thursday, Haryana Police said that 18 people have been arrested for stone pelting incident in Gurugram.

Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi hit out at the BJP-led NDA government, and said that they (BJP) should be "ashamed of themselves that they continue to play politics over these issues."

Even as protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat rages on in various parts of the country, the Delhi High Court refused to entertain pleas against the movie. Contempt pleas against four states have also been filed in the Supreme Court.

A fringe outfit in Kanpur on Wednesday announced a cash reward for anyone chopping off actor Deepika Padukone's nose amid the violence over release of multi-crore film Padmaavat.

"We have collected a bounty of crores of rupees from Kanpurites to be given as reward to anyone who will bring the chopped off nose of Deepika Padukone," fringe group Kanpur Kshatriya Mahasabha president Gajendra Singh Rajawat said.

Big crackdown done as Delhi Police carried out preventive detentions of members of various Fringe groups who were planning to protest against #Padmaavat today. The state police didn't want to take any chances as ASEAN summit is on.

After the attack on a school bus by anti-Padmaavat protestors, some reputed schools in Gurugram have decided to remain shut till Sunday in view of the violence over the controversial film's release.

The schools which have decided to shut down till Sunday includes Pathways school, GD Goenka school, Shiv Nadar school and Delhi Public School.

The management of the schools confirmed that they would close down as a precaution despite the district administration and the Gurugram police assuring adequate security.

 Padmaavat controversy updates: Karnataka bandh delays screening in Bengaluru; makers hope Indians across states get to watch film

Representational image. PTI

Around 25 students of GD Goenka World School were on their way home when a group of around 60 activists, believed to be members of a fringe group, attacked the bus with bamboo sticks asking the driver to stop the vehicle.

"We do not want to take any risk with the life of students. Protection of students outside and inside is our prime concern," a school teacher told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

"If the violators can attack school buses and Haryana roadways buses openly despite prohibitory orders and tight security arrangements of the Gurugram Police," the teacher said, adding, "We cannot take a chance and have decided to close down."

The teacher said that a total of six schools have taken the decision to remain shut.

Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh, in an appeal, said the public transport system of the city should not be disturbed.

"Some people and groups want rioting in the district but we appeal to residents and groups not to violate law and order situation and Section 144 is already imposed in the city," Singh told PTI.

"Everyone has the right to protest but in a peaceful way. Violation of law and order is not allowed. The situation is peaceful in Gurugram and all colleges, schools, offices will remain open on Thursday," he added.

The Gurugram police have arrested 20 people for allegedly violating prohibitory orders, a senior official said.

Gurugram police along with 550 additional forces including local police stations teams have been deployed in the city's major areas including multiplexes, Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khairwar said.

"All Gurugram malls have been directed to tighten their internal security. I along with other senior officers are monitoring the security arrangements in their respective zones," he said.

"The Gurugram Police is on a high alert and various teams are ready to respond quickly in case of any untoward incident," Khairawar said.


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Updated Date: Jan 25, 2018 19:40:28 IST