Why was Ram-Leela screening cancelled in Bhavnagar?

The screening of the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh starrer had to be cancelled after a mob vandalised a restaurant in the city

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela has been facing the heat for quite sometime. In a recent development,  a mob allegedly vandalised a restaurant in a resort following which cinema houses in Bhavnagar cancelled the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela – Ram-Leela.

Jaydev Goswami who owns the resort is also the director of Bhavnagar’s only multiplex – Top Three Multiplex. Following this incident Goswami said, “In view of the attack on our resort yesterday, we have cancelled release of the movie. People, who had booked their tickets, are being refunded.”  After this, Chandan – a single screened theatre too cancelled the screening of the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh starrer.

Meanwhile, Chandan, a single-screen cinema-house, where the movie was scheduled to be released, also reportedly cancelled its screening. The multiplex started the bookings of the first show of Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s film on Saturday amidst police security. A mob was present there but could not cause damage there due to the presence of police but the mob then turned its fury on Hotel Lords in Top Three Resort and damaged property worth Rs 2 lakh. The mob pelted stones at the hotel and abused the staff and warned them against the release of Ram-Leela.

The leaders of the Kshatriya community, which has been protesting against the movie, said they would not allow the release of the movie. Vanrajsinh Gohil, t he vice-president of Gohilwad Rajput Samaj, an association of the Kshatriya community in Bhavnagar said, “We reject Bhansali’s apology. Instead of stating that the objectionable content has been removed, he said in his release that the term sanedo be understood for Jadeja. We also object to the portrayal of the lead female character in the movie.”

Though the film released in Rajkot, Junagadh and Jetpur, it wasn’t released in  Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Porbandar and Morbi fearing trouble.

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