‘ADHM’ releases: Police extend security cover to theatres

Although MNS chief Raj Thackery ultimately agreed not to oppose the release of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ starring Pakistani actor, and assurances of police protection, theatres owners seem to be wary of attracting too much attention to the screening of the Karan Johar directorial.

Single screen theatres and multiplexes in Mumbai have kept ‘ADHM’ posters smaller and discreet, while large posters of Ajay Devgn’s ‘Shivaay’, and other upcoming films like ‘Tum Bin II’, ‘Rock On!! 2’, ‘Befikre’ etc were displayed.  

The Mumbai Police has extended security to malls and multiplexes and single-screen theatres to ensure smooth release of the ADHM. “We have already taken action against 12 MNS members who protested outside Metro Cinema. If we find anyone creating ruckus and stopping the screening of the movie, we will take action against both the foot-soldiers who protest and the leaders who provoke them,” an official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

According to the employees of Metro Cinema, where MNS activists had tried to break in while shouting slogans last week, there is sufficient security in case the situation turns ugly.

“We have been told by Marine Lines police that bandobast will be done on the first day of release,” H V Naik, on-duty manager at Eros Cinema near Churchgate, told the daily.

“I have never seen so much tension over one film. Earlier, our single screen would have 100 per cent audience, now it has reduced to 30 per cent. Who would want to cut down the audience further,” Naik added.

The private security team at Eros were, however, relaxed. A security guard named Dilip Aadak was quoted as saying, “We have friendly relations with local political parties in this area. They would not damage our theatre.”

Security guard S R Pawar of Regal Cinema in Colaba, who mans the cinema hall entrance with two others, told they immediately inform the manager and alert the nearby police station, if they sense any problems. The theatre has slotted shows at noon and 6.45 pm for ‘ADHM’. Theatre manager Mohan Das, however, expressed his doubt over the smooth release of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Following the terrorist attack in Uri last month, MNS had demanded a ban on all Pakistani artistes in the country. They threatened to disrupt the release of movies starring Pakistani actors and vandalise theatres that dared to screen the ADHM’ which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a cameo.