Mumbai police gears up to ensure smooth release of Padmaavat

Updated: Jan 24, 2018, 12:34 IST | Anurag Kamble

After the Supreme Court yesterday rejected fresh pleas filed by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan against the movie Padmaavat, refusing to ban its release, city cops are gearing up to ensure its peaceful screening across Mumbai theatres from January 25

Karni Sena members outside censor board's office on Peddar Road. File pic
Karni Sena members outside censor board's office on Peddar Road. File pic

After the Supreme Court yesterday rejected fresh pleas filed by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan against the movie Padmaavat, refusing to ban its release, city cops are gearing up to ensure its peaceful screening across Mumbai theatres from January 25. The police exuded confidence that screening wouldn't be halted by any protest and those who tried to stall it would be dealt with sternly.

"We are aware of all the protests that have taken place against the movie and its release. Keeping in mind the chances of its screening being stalled or theatres and malls being attacked, we are ready with a plan to ensure none of this happens. We will provide protection to the theatres running the movie," said a senior police officer. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the period film has been mired in multiple controversies since it went on floors, with the Karni Sena screaming hoarse of Rajput sentiments being hurt.

Last week, the fringe group had protested outside the censor board's office on Peddar Road, after which the Gamdevi police had arrested 90 protesters. On Monday, tyres were burnt near Vashi toll naka to disrupt traffic; 11 were arrested for that. "There won't be any disturbance as far as protests are concerned; we have worked on a plan, and we will make sure that the film gets a smooth release," said Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police (law and order).

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