And to take everyone by surprise, even after all the major hue and cry over the film's release by Karni Sena and others, the film managed to sell out most of its tickets for the preview. He was detained by the police Karni Sena members protested outside a cinema in Lucknow around the same time today. In other parts of UP, protesters forced shops and markets to shut down.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, who is in Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Summit, condemned the school bus attack.
Members of Karni Sena had pelted stones at a bus carrying schoolchildren in Gurgaon on Wednesday. The government of the northwestern state of Rajasthan had argued it wanted to avoid public unrest by banning the film. He, however, said, "There are also incidents which are being blown out of proportion". "However, the state should take strict action against the law violators", said Nishant Saini. "People would have a choice and those who doesn't want to see, will not turn on the sets", said Naveen Menon, another businessman and cinema lover.
"The unemployed are burning buses, attacking bus of school children, setting afire vehicles and shopping malls", he said and alleged that those indulging in violence had the tacit support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While Karni Sena and its goons are trying to stop the people from reaching theatres with their ruckus on the streets, it looks like this FB video is aimed at stopping some movie lovers at homes itself.
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"We have a history of leading from the front". Singh asked. "Since the start of the protest, we have been calling for a peaceful movement". The states contended that the film's release would cause law and order issues, but the Supreme Court pointed out that it was the governments' duty to maintain peace.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh was released across the country yesterday amid tight security. The court had issued its initial ruling last week at the behest of the film's producers after four states, including Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, had sought to ban the film, despite clearance by a film certification panel.
"We have decided not to play the movie in any of our properties in Gujarat and Rajasthan", Deepak Asher, director of Inox multiplexes, India's second largest theatre chain, told Reuters, referring to the two states hit by the worst protests.