Thackeray: Shiv Sena worker threatens to stall release of competitors Cheat India, Manikarnika on 25 January
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who is producing Thackeray, said that Bala Lokare's stand is not being reiterated by the party.
A local Shiv Sena leader said on Thursday that no other film will be allowed to clash with the biopic of Sena founder Bal Thackeray, set to release next month.
The party, however, distanced itself from the threat.
Bala Lokare, secretary of Chitrapat Sena, a Sena-affiliated film workers' union, said in a social media post that the party will not allow any other film to release on 25 January. If anyone tried to release a film on that day, he will get a reply in "the Sena's style," he said.
Raut clarified that Lokare was not articulating the party's position. "This was the Shiv Sainik's (Sena worker's) personal stand. This stand has not been adopted by the party," Raut said.
The biopic Thackeray, produced by Sena MP Sanjay Raut and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is slated for release on 25 January. Two other films, Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Emraan Hashmi's social-drama Cheat India are also scheduled to hit screens on the same day. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi producer Kamal Jain confirmed the same in a statement to Mumbai Mirror.
"We are definitely coming on January 25 since the Republic Day weekend justifies our film. Rani Laxmibai is a national icon like Balasaheb Thackeray and there are enough screens and shows to accommodate the two films so there shouldn’t be an issue with respect to screen count." he was quoted as saying by the publication.
However, Shibasish Sarkar, COO, Reliance Entertainment, stated that Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 will not release on that date since the film is still awaiting completion.
The trailer of Thackeray was launched on Wednesday.
The Central Board of Film Certification has taken exception to certain scenes in the film referring to Babri Masjid and the South Indian community in Mumbai.
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
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