4 states refuse to screen Padmaavat as protests over the film turn ugly

With violent protests against the release of film Padmaavat rising, the Multiplex Association of India has decided that its members will not screen the film in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.

The association represents about 75% of the multiplex owners in India and the decision came as Rajput groups and other fringe elements destroyed malls, burned vehicles, and issued open threats to theatre owners and public in their effort to stop the release.

The film is supposed to release on 25 January.

Theatre owners said that if the atmosphere is safe for the public, the film will be screened in these four states. Even in states where the film would be released, private security guards will be stationed outside cinema halls, apart from the police.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmaavat is based on the story of a 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The film's lead actor Deepika Padukone has received death threats over the film and security has been placed outside her home in Mumbai.

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