Malegaon: Top officials of Malegaon led by Additional Collector of the city Laxman Raut on Friday watched Sanjay Leela Bansali's "Padmaavat" at Cinemax Multiplex with family members and children.
The move is seen as an attempt by the top officials to allay fears and build confidence among the masses in the wake of violent protests against the screening of the film in many parts of the country.
“Additional Collector Laxman Raut came with the idea that we should all watch the film with our family members and children at Cinemax Multiplex in Malegaon after the Republic Day celebration on Friday”, SDM Malegaon Ajay More said while talking to ummid.com.
The idea was well received by the top officials of the revenue and police department, with some of them calling their spouses and children who were out of the city.
“My son studies in Nashik. But, I called him to join us and watch the film together”, More said.
Along with Additional Collector of Malegaon Laxman Raut and Prant Officer Malegaon Ajay More and their family and children, Commissioner of Malegaon Sangita Dhaygode, Malegaon Tahsildar Jyoti Deore, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Malegaon Harsh Poddar, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Malegaon Gajanan Rajmane watched Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Tanveer Singh starrer “Padmaavat” with their family members.
The focus was however on ASP Malegaon Harsh Poddar's mother who was seen enjoying the film with the same enthusiasm as the youngsters, and also posing for selfies to capture the moment.
The film "Padmaavat" was released at Cinemax Malegaon along with other parts of the country on Thursday. There is no report of protest, and unlike other places in India the screening of "Padmaavat" is on in Malegaon smoothly and without any fear.
Meanwhile, the protests against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus refuse to die down with reports coming from Uttar Pradesh saying that two petrol bombs were hurled inside a theatre in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday evening. Earlier, a theatre in Kalyan was also attacked by petrol bomb.
Violent protests in different parts of India is reported ever since the Supreme Court of India lifted the ban on the screening of the film, earlier to be released with the title "Padmaavati".
The film was released on January 25 - a day before Republic Day, amid protests in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and other parts.
While the protesters set on fire vehicles, buses and also attacked malls, the frenzy turned to its ugliest when a school bus with children inside was attacked in Gurgaon.
The protests in some parts are led by Karni Sena, which alleged that the film distorts history and shows Queen Padmini in "poor light". The filmmakers have repeatedly denied the allegations.
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