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Screening of 'The Accidental Prime Minister' cancelled in Kolkata

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The screening of "The Accidental Prime Minister" was on Friday cancelled at a Kolkata theatre due to security reasons amid protest demonstrations by youth activists, police said.

The film, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, released on Friday. It is based on a book with the same title written by Sanjaya Baru, who was when he was

Baru's book was published on April 20, 2014.

portrays the role of Singh while stars as Baru.

According to the viewers at the near central Kolkata's Chandni Chowk area, the show was cancelled after screening for just 10 minutes on its opening day.

"The afternoon screening of 'The Accidental Prime Minister' has been cancelled due to security reasons. There was an agitation by a certain group outside the hall," a of said told IANS.

However, he could not confirm whether the next shows of the film will be screened as scheduled.

State youth leadership claimed the content and the title of the film is derogatory towards Singh and other senior leaders of and demanded that the film be banned.

"The tile of the film itself is derogatory. What did the filmmaker want to imply by calling an accidental Close to 100 activists of youth Congress in Kolkata protested in front of the theatre. It is good the screening has been stopped," Bengal Youth Congress told IANS.

Asked whether forcing to cancel the screening of a film can be termed as violation of freedom of speech, the leader said sentiments of the party workers have been hurt by the film.

"The agitation was held as the sentiments of our activists were hurt. However, we are not planning any other agitations here as of now," he added.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 15:36 IST