Theatre owners in Mangaluru have decided to resume screening of Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Dilwale’ after it was disrupted from December 20 due to protests from Bajrang Dal and VHP activists. The right-wing Hindu outfits had stalled the screening of the movie in protest against Shah Rukh Khan’s comment on growing ‘religious intolerance’ in the country. The theatre managements had stopped the screening of the movie fearing attack from the Hindu activists. Also read: Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale enters list of highest foreign grossers in 10 days
Though the police had assured security for the screenings, the theatre owners were not ready to take a risk. The new decision from the management came after the police department offered total security.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Shantharaju said adequate security measures had been deployed in the theatres for the smooth screening of the movie.
City-based social activist Vidya Dinker had filed a complaint with the police demanding action against the Bajrang Dal activists who forcibly stopped the screening of the movie in theatres. She had later received murder and rape threats on the Facebook.
The Co-convenor of Bajrang Dal Puneet Raj Kottari, the prime accused in the case, was arrested in this connection on December 26.
Dinker welcomed the decision of the theatre owners and said she would continue her fight against fundamentalists. She also said she would be watching ‘Dilwale’ tonight to celebrate her ‘victory.’