Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) plan to disrupt 'Chennai Express' release
Gotta love politics. Politicians love getting involved in completely irrelevant issues to get heard and this is exactly what seems to have happened in this case. Word is that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) yesterday threatened to disrupt the release of the Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express.
The party's film unit is upset over reports that the Rohit Shetty's action romcom has demanded prime slots in single cinemas across the state at the expense of some Marathi movies that are being screened.
"If the producers of Chennai Express attempt to dislodge any of the ongoing or forthcoming Marathi movies, we shall not tolerate it and deal with it in MNS style," warned Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (film wing) chief Amey Khopkar.
He specifically referred to the hit Marathi movie Duniyadari, running to packed houses since last week in single screen cinemas in non-metro cities and small towns.
Khopkar said his party had written to owners of all single cinema halls and other cinemas seeking a commitment that they would not take out Duniyadari from their screens to accommodate Chennai Express.
"If Chennai Express producers attempt to do this, we shall not let the movie be exhibited in cinemas of the state. We shall also remove their publicity posters from Thursday," Khopkar declared.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same title by the late Suhas Shirvalkar, 'Duniyadari' has been a major commercial success and garnered critical praise too.
Chennai Express stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone and releases 9 August 2013.
Do you thin the MNS is playing fair in this case by disrupting the film's release?
Update: 1 August 2013
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray Thursday waved the green flag for the hassle-free release of Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express in Maharashtra. The film's release will go ahead as per schedule.