Khan’s ‘MNiK’ to be released today amidst Shiv Sena’s protests

February 12th, 2010 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Feb 12 (ANI): The Shahrukh Khan starrer ‘My Name is Khan’ is all set to be released across the country on Friday despite Shiv Sena activists seeking to defer its release.

Multiplex owners in Mumbai, however are undecided about screening the flick due to the Sena agitation.

Sources claimed that a compromise formula might have been worked out between the Shiv Sena and Shahrukh Khan.

The movie’s producers and distributors were involved in last minute negotiations, they added.

There is no official confirmation as yet on whether Khan has met the Shiv Sena leaders.

The film’s distributor, Fox Searchlight, has told a leading news channel that the film would be released nationally on Friday, but are still undecided about its release in Mumbai.

Devang Sampat, spokesperson of Cinemax Theaters, had on Thursday announced the cancellation of the morning show of the film, saying that its release would be decided in Mumbai would be decided on Friday morning.

An official statement issued by Fox Star Distribution, which has bought the film, said there is a huge demand for the film and it would be released nationally on Friday as scheduled.

Multiplexes in Mumbai had on Thursday reopened advance bookings for Khan’s film that was closed earlier fearing attacks by Shiv Sena activists before and during the screening of the movie.

The Congress-NCP Government in Maharashtra has promised multiplex owners protection and is trying to ensure that Shiv Sena activists do not disrupt the screening of the movie.

Mumbai Police on Wednesday had detained over 1500 Shiv Sena activists, besides arresting around 59 others and charged them for creating violence and vandalism.

The police has also provided special security to movie theaters screening the film. Applications for leave of all policemen has been cancelled to ensure a full presence.

Police personnel from the State Reserve Police Force and the Home Guards will also be deployed at the city’s 63 theaters, where the movie will be screened.

Shiv Sena activists had on Tuesday attacked several cinema halls that were supposed to screen Shahrukh Khan’s flick.

Sena workers managed to enter the halls and damage screens of the Metro theater in south Mumbai and the Huma Cinema at Kanjurmarg using sharp instruments.

Activists pelted stones and broke the glasses of Mehul cinema in suburban Mulund. They also tore down posters of the movie outside Fame cinema in Pantnagar and R-City Mall at Ghatkopar.

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar had on Tuesday met Mumbai Police Commissioner D Sivanandan and sought police security ahead of the film’s release.

The representatives of the film’s distributor, FOX Searchlight, had also met the top Mumbai cop along with multiplex owners.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had on Tuesday issued a warning to Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray that his security would be withdrawn if he broke the law.

The Shiv Sena is upset with Khan’s statements that Pakistani cricketers should be allowed to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) inspite of the 26/11-terror attack. (ANI)

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