Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad, May 23, 2006
Fearing attacks on theatres in the state, the Multiplex Association of Gujarat has decided not to screen Bollywood actor Aamir Khan's forthcoming film Fanaa in multiplexes across the state.
"Multiplexes across Gujarat will not screen Fanaa which will hit theatres this Friday," Manubhai S Patel, the president of multiplex association of Gujarat said.
The decision of the Association comes after violent protests were witnessed in different cities of Gujarat, including Ahmedabad and Vadodara, after Aamir made certain remarks against the Gujarat government and Chief Minister Narendra Modi few weeks back.
"This decision has been taken after 22 members of our association consisting of representatives from different multiplexes met two days back and arrived at a consensus on the matter," Patel added.
Patel, who is also the chairman of city-based multiplex Wide Angle, said some of the multiplexes in Gujarat had to stop the screening of Aamir Khan's film Rang De Basanti mid-way after an agitation against the actor over his remarks in connection with the Narmada dam intensified.
"We do not want the property of multiplexes to be damaged nor do we want movie-buffs coming to see other movies harassed in any manner," Patel said.
He, however, said that there was no political interference in the decision.
Party workers of both the Congress and the BJP had hit out at the actor, stalled his movies in the state and burnt his effigies after he came out in support of Medha Patkar-led Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and opposed the construction of the Narmada dam, expected to address the water crisis in ujarat.
Activists of both the parties had then threatened that they would not allow any of Aamir Khan's movies to be released in Gujarat.