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After vandalism, Kolkata theatres cancel screening of 'The Accidental Prime Minister'

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Following vandalism at a Kolkata multiplex and a series of protests over the screening of 'The Accidental Prime Minister', a number of city auditoriums on Saturday stopped screening the film, based on former Singh's tenure.

Shows of the film have been cancelled in north Kolkata's Star Theatre, central Kolkata's Roxy and Prachi theatre and south along with Inox Hind theatre, where a show had to be cancelled on Friday due to security reasons following an agitation by the state Youth activists.

"We sold moderate number of tickets for the afternoon show of the film yesterday. Viewers were also present at the theatre but soon after we got a call from the police asking us to stop the film for security reasons. We followed it and refunded the money to the viewers," an from said.

"We have decided to withdraw the film after the agitation in and the incident of vandalism in yesterday. We will be showing a different movie in that slot. If there is public outrage over a particular film, we cannot jeopardise the security of our viewers," said Bidisha Basu, an of

Meanwhile, nine people have been arrested for allegedly entering forcibly and vandalising an auditorium of a posh Kolkata multiplex and damaging the screen, police said.

The agitators carrying flags allegedly entered an auditorium in central Kolkata's round 8 pm on Friday while the screening of the film was about to start and damaged the screen, causing the show to be cancelled.

Senior state leaders, however, dissociated themselves from the agitation and said they do not promote or support such form of protest.

The film, released on Friday, is based on a book with the same title written by Sanjaya Baru, former Singh's Baru's book was published in April 2014.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 21:58 IST
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