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MNS threat to Salman's 'Tiger Zinda Hai': All you need to know

The MNS threatened to stall the movie's release if prime time slots are not made available for Marathi films

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Poster of movie Tiger Zinda Hai
Poster of movie Tiger Zinda Hai

After Padmavati's indefinite postponing due to protests from fringe groups, another Bollywood movie finds itself amid controversy, barely two days before its release after Raj Thackeray’s Navnirman Sena (MNS) has threatened to stall upcoming Salman Khan-starrer 'Tiger Zinda Hai' if prime time theatre slots for Marathi film ‘Deva’ are not made available. After launching a protest against citing unavailability of screens for releasing on December 22, Ameya Khopkar, member of Navnirman Sena (MNS) and president of the Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNCKS) has threatened the makers of 'Tiger Zinda Hai' of dire consequences. Speaking at a press conference where he was present along with the team of 'Deva', Khopkar told reporters that while was not interested in damaging property or crossing legal limitations, they won't shy away from doing so if their demands are not met. "We have a very basic demand that certain screens be allotted to the releasing on December 22 during the prime time slot. YRF has blocked most of the screens for and that's completely unfair for the Marathi films- and Gachchi- releasing on the same day. The government has set certain guidelines for screenings and everyone has to follow them. If not, I warn YRF to be ready for consequences. After all, their shoots happen in too," said Khopkar, Times of India reported. “We are here to serve the cause of Marathi... We urge you to co-exist peacefully with Marathi filmmakers.

If you fail to understand this language of reconciliation, then we will have to talk to you in our ‘special’ language,” he warned, according to Deccan Chronicle. Actor Ankush Chaudhari, who plays the lead in 'Deva', said, "We want people to watch our film as well as I too am a fan and I don't think any film should suffer. But in the current scenario, is not getting screens and that's why we approached the which has been crusading for over the years." was originally scheduled to be released on December 1 but was halted due to new CBFC norms that is a movie need to be submitted 60 days in advance before its release. However, was given December 22 date well in advance. Another Marathi movie ‘Gachchi’ is also looking out for screens. It is not the first time MNC came to fore for disrupting movie releases. Films such as ‘Wake Up Sid’ and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, both had run-ins with the party. The former was objected to using ‘Bombay’ instead of Mumbai in dialogues and latter starring Pakistani actor after the Indo-Pak ties were severed following Uri attack in 2016. Their objection of featuring Pakistani artistes continued when actress Mahira Khan starred in Red Chillies’ ‘Raees’. The issue was soon cooled down following Shah Rukh Khan’s meeting with

First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 13:17 IST