After Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, now Bihar theatre owners, too, on Thursday decided not to screen the ‘controversial film’ Padmaavat.
Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena activists, along with Rashtriya Rajput Mahasabha, staged violent protests, forcing cinema owners not to screen the film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
However, the state government said it was ready to provide security if the theatre owners wanted to screen the movie.
Earlier this week, online booking for the film was stopped due to protest and threats by Karni Sena activists.
The cinema halls cancelled the advance booking of tickets for ‘Padmaavat’ in Patna (Bihar).
Karni Sena staged a protest against ‘Padmaavat’ all across the country demanding a ban on the film.
Earlier on Wednesday, The Multiplex Association of India, which represents about 75 per cent of multiplex owners, said that its members would not screen the film in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.
Because of heavy protest, the markets remained closed at some of the places since Wednesday.
In Madhya Pradesh, a delegation of cinema and multiplex owners, under the backing of the Central Cine Circuit Association (CCCA), met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and later announced that they would not screen the film as of now.
The police of several states said security has been beefed up outside cinema halls across the country.