After struggling for almost three months Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmaavat finally hit the theatres. While there were few paid previews on Wednesday evening, many exhibitors didn’t allow the film in their theatres on the first day fearing vandalism.
The theatres which released the film today, did it under police protection.
On Wednesday evening, at the paid preview, a few Bajrangdal activists tried to stop film’s screening at PVR, Empress Mall but failed due to cops’ cordon off.
The cinema hall officials also asked patrons to leave their contact details while buying the tickets.
"It is a corporate decision and we will screen the film only after a decision is taken by our head office," manager Mirza Arif Baig told TOI.
According to a report in TOI almost 80 cops have been deployed at Cinemax, Sitabuldi, as two shows were held in the multiplex last night. However, no banners or hoardings were put up and the advance booking option wasn't available too.
Talking about the tension surrounding the film, Amravati based distributor Sarang Chandak, told TOI, "All theatres have booked the film but they will release it only when they are sure no untoward incident will take place."
Well, the online ticket booking site BookMyShow is displaying very uncertain show timings of the film in 2D and 3D. The audience, on the other hand, is hoping to see more shows for Padmavat from Friday.
This being a long weekend, the film is expected to perform well at the box-office.
Information Source: TOI
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