Last updated: 08 November 2022, 15:58 IST
Maharashtra Vice Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday that beating up moviegoers for watching the historical Marathi movie ‘Har Har Mahadev’ will not be tolerated and action will be taken against people involved in such incidents.
Fadnavis’ statement came after the screening of the film was stalled in Pune and Thane on Monday due to the “distortion of history”.
In the city of Pune, the show was disrupted by members of a Maratha outfit, while in Thane NCP leader and former minister Jitendra Awhad is said to have prompted activists to block the nighttime showing of the film on a multiplex.
Speaking to reporters here, Fadnavis said people could have expressed their opposition democratically.
“Entering a movie theater and beating up moviegoers is not tolerated. Action will be taken against the (alleged) perpetrators,” said the Minister of the Interior.
“People are allowed to register their opposition in a democratic way. I haven’t seen the film and I’m not aware of the controversy,” he said.
Commenting on the NCP’s aggressive display of opposition, Chitra Wagh, head of the Maharashtra women’s wing of the BJP, said: “If Awhad has not realized that he is no longer in power, the law should make him realize it. ” NCP leader Awhad led a group of revelers to a multiplex screening of the film and disrupted the show.
A video of the incident shows Awhad supporters and some moviegoers punching and arguing.
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