Looks like the recent Saifai Mohotsav controversy has cast its shadow on the premiere of Dedh Ishqiya too
The star-studded premiere of the Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Naseeruddin Shah starrer Dedh Ishqiya in Lucknow was cancelled on Friday. Officials of a multiplex, where the premiere was scheduled, said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and members of his family were scheduled to attend the premiere at a multiplex in Gomtinagar in the evening, but the event has since been cancelled. He declined to give any details. Sources, however, said the Chief Minister, annoyed by the adverse publicity of the Bollywood Nite at the Saifai Mahotsava where Salman Khan and Madhuri participated, decided not to attend the premiere.
Officials also said that the team of the film, along with director Abhishek Chaubey and other star cast, was informed of the cancellation of the programme when they were about to board a flight at Mumbai for Lucknow. The film crew aborted the flight and cancelled their travel plans. The Akhilesh Yadav government gave a Rs.1 crore subsidy to the film as 75 percent of it was shot in the Uttar Pradesh, entertainment department officials said. The Saifai festival has invited sharp rebuke from the media and opposition parties as they accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) government of being insensitive to the plight of the riot survivors of Muzaffarnagar. Dedh Ishqiya released today
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