Pune cinema cancels ‘Bajirao Mastani’ shows after BJP protest

Pune's City Pride theatre has cancelled three shows of the film Bajirao Mastani after protests by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

By: IANS | Pune | Updated: December 18, 2015 12:47 pm
Bajirao Mastani protests, Bajirao astani release, Bajirao Mastani protest Pune, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra Pune’s City Pride theatre has on Friday (December 18) cancelled three shows of the film Bajirao Mastani after protests by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

A Pune multiplex, City Pride, cancelled five scheduled shows of the new Bollywood release “Bajirao Mastani” following a vociferous protest by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists on Friday (December 18).

At least 200 party workers led by city vice president Jayant Bhave raised slogans and protested the screening of the new Sanjay Leela Bhansali costume drama which opened across India on Friday (December 18).

“The filmmakers have completely distorted the historical facts of the Peshwa era of the early 1700s and has actually portrayed him in an insulting manner. The people of Maharashtra virtually worship the Peshwas so we cannot tolerate what is being depicted in this film,” Bhave told IANS. (Read: Dilwale-Bajirao Mastani are two mega releases)

Following the slogan shouting and angry protests by the activists who gathered before the scheduled 8 a.m. show, the multiplex management decided to cancel all the five shows.

Bhave said that Peshwa Bajirao I is a highly revered historical figure who helped spread Chhatrapati Shivaji’s empire to other parts of India and remained so busy in his responsibilities that he used to eat his food on horse back during battles.

“He never had the time to fiddle with his hair locks (choti) and dance in public as shown in the film… Similarly, the depiction of his wife Kashibai portrayed by actress Priyanka Chopra is also in poor taste as the royalty never behaved in such fashion those days,” Bhave said.

Starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles of Peshwa Bajirao I and his two wives, the film made by Bhansali revolves around the lives and times of the trio.

A few weeks ago in Mumbai, the descendents of the Peshwas had also raised objections to certain things portrayed in the film as distorting historical facts.

Bhave said that either the filmmakers should delete the objectionable scenes or change the name of the movie.


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  1. Deshaabhimaani Damodardas Subodhdas
    Dec 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm
    the neo indian fascism is going full steam! the bjp shiv sena are in power! the censor board is a hand maid of bjp! yest they dare not hold up the film! if they do their fascist philosophy will be exposed ! so the bjp censors p the film! but bjp storm troopers scare the people people who bought tickets and the cinema houses showing the screening! they want to cr4eate fear in the mind of everyone about going against these neo fascist dictats! they will bring more and more things into the dicat list! ias and ips officers are already in the list if they support anyone other than the bjp! kejriwal is just a test case because the poor guy who won with a record historic majority, much more than the bjp victory, is only two thirds of a chief minister! as the stooges of bjp in the form of lt. governor, police commissioner control everything! people elect kejriwal and his party 67 nout of 70! and these stooges rule delhi! in arunachal pradesh the bjp governor saheb stages a coup! there will be more things everyday! and shri shri arun jaitly maharaj speaks of tyrany of the unelected!
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      Sahebrao Pujari
      Dec 20, 2015 at 7:51 am
      Seen the movie. Good to note that, movie is good in connection with the nice entertainment and to see the great story about the Bravery of Bajirao.
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        Sudish Puthalat
        Dec 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm
        A clic case of verbal diarrhoea