Mangaluru: 'Dilwale' row - 'Showstopper' Bajrang Dal causes losses worth lacs to theatres

Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru/Udupi (HB)

Mangaluru/Udupi, Dec 23: Right-wing activists have been protesting against the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol starrer 'Dilwale', directed by Rohit Shetty, apparently irked over the comment on intolerance made by the Bollywood Badshah. In several parts of the country, the activists staged protests outside theatres or stopped the screening of the movie, thus hitting box-office collections. Nevertheless, the film has still managed to rake in profits and is inching towards the 100-crore mark in India.

In Mangaluru too, activists of Bajrang Dal barged into malls on Sunday December 20 and forcibly stopped the screening of the movie, and despite assurance by the police to provide security to the malls and case being filed against the activists, the situation remains brittle.


It wasn't in Mangaluru alone. On Tuesday December 22, Bajrang Dal activists in Udupi stopped the 4.30 pm show of the movie at Ashirvad theatre. The activists not only protested outside the theatre, they also tore down the movie posters. Among those involved in the protest were Bajrang Dal Mangaluru unit assistant convenor Sunil K R, Udupi district convenor Dinish Mendon, Hindu Jagarana Vedike's Prakash Kukkehalli, and Harshavardhan Hoode. The owner of the theatre informed the police, who rushed to the spot.

Police sources told daijiworld that 10 persons protested at Ashirvad theatre, and that the matter was settled after talks between the activists and the theatre owner. With situation returning to normal, the shows have been running as scheduled.

But the same cannot be said about Mangaluru. The theatre owners have refused to continue with the screening in view of security concerns and therefore incurred heavy losses, as 'Dilwale' was a keenly awaited movie that was expected to rake in large profits.

Speaking to the daijiworld, Keerthan Shetty, managing head of Cinepollis said, "We have incurred a loss of about Rs 5 lac due to the stopping of 'Dilwale' shows. Bajrang Dal activists had approached us asking to stop the screening of the movie. We do not want to run the show forcibly. Let us wait till everything is back to normal."

Balakrishna Shetty, manager of Big Cinemas told daijiworld, "Bajrang Dal activists protested in front of Bharat Mall demanding to stop the screening of the movie, and as the result, the show was cancelled. There were 11 shows scheduled in a day, so we have incurred a loss of approximately Rs 4 lac so far."

Deepak Ganghadar, managing head of PVR Cinemas also said that the theatre suffered a loss of approximately Rs 4 lac. "There are 14 new movies arriving in the theatre, so we are concentrating on those. Moreover, now the demand for 'Dilwale' has come down," he said.

DCP Shantharaju speaking to daijiworld said that police department will provide adequate security to the theatres if they are ready to screen the film.

Meanwhile, the Citizens' Forum for Mangalore Development led by Vidya Dinker, citing the report on daijiworld, has written to home minister Dr Parameshwara and chief minister Siddaramaiah urging stern action against those who disrupted the screening of the movie in Mangaluru and immoral policing, and steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur again.

"...‘immoral policing’ is a serious issue with deep political and social undertones. The diligence of the police alone is not enough to curb it. The government should express its political will to eradicate the problem once and for all. The state home ministry should play an active role and render its expertise," the Forum stated in its letter to Dr Parameshwara.

"Hence we urge you to urgently look into the matter and personally direct your ministry torestore peace and the rule of law in Dakshina Kannada district. As an immediate measure we request you to seek reports on the present incident at hand – that of attack on movie theaters located under Urwa and Pandeshwar Police stations which are screening the Shah Rukh Khan film ‘Dilwale’ – and ensure centralized monitoring of the concerned police jurisdictions dealing with the matter," it added.



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  • RM Modi, Urva

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    Still people like BajrangDal.....? Criminals has to go to the Jail.

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  • Zahur, Hubli

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    Just wait for some days, when this movie comes on TV , same jobless people will watch h it shamelessly. They are doing for politics no other reason behind it.

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  • mustahfa, mangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Does the "Prajaprabhutva" really exist?
    Do police require more evidence for arresting the so called Jobless fellows?
    Do police really work for People or for Cheddis..

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  • Dessert Falcon, UAE

    Thu, Dec 24 2015

    Bhaijaan, Gouri Khan is the producer of the movie 'Dilwale'. :P

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  • haneef, Karkala

    Thu, Dec 24 2015

    Bollywood actors should not open their mouth for publicity. If so producers should always keep distance from such actor. Public should treat these actors as common man.

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  • Robert, shankerpura

    Thu, Dec 24 2015

    well said haneef, Karkala

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  • aman, mangalore/dubai

    Thu, Dec 24 2015

    Ask any of these protesters what exactly did SRK comment I am sure they dont have an answer.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 24 2015

    Tigalewale trying to stop Dilwale

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  • ANIKETH, mumbai

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    There should be peacefull protest against SRK. people should not go to watch . the should not be stopped. let the theatre be empty . no one should be forced.

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  • Santosh,K, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    If we cannot watch the movie in theatres,at least watch the protesters in front of theatres freely !!!!!!!

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  • Shaad, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Who lost money now?? Neither Sharukh nor Rohit Shetty. Small vendors, Mall owners and theatre head.

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  • r.r, managlore

    Thu, Dec 24 2015

    Shame on us,we support gund's ,gund's rulling mangalore,

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    There is one Kannada proverd "maatu mane kedistu", but for SRK it is "maatu box office kedistu".

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  • RAF, Udupi/dubai

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    totally waste of time and energy, anyhow they make movie and mint the money,..don't you think all, any one of these haven't seen the Diwale movie so far, ?

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  • Shaan, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Who's government in Karnataka? Whre is 5 minister of coastal karnataka? & specially Where is D.K sooo called Sickular Ministers & M.L.A's?..

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  • Kanthappa, Kudremukha

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Where is Parameshi...? He can not act....

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  • The Alpha, Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Its unfortunate that instead of our laws governing the land, bhakts are deciding the law. Same people who are calling for uniform civil code.
    If these people cannot tolerate one man's freedom expression, then aren't they displaying intolerance??
    So why weren't these guys banning KPB when he was spitting venom against other communities??

    Big hypocrites!!

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  • Lina, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Best solution, collect all the losses from these activists, and see how they start refraining from future strikes. Else let their sympathizers and Leaders pay. Jai Bharat Mata __()__

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  • sharath, MANGALORE

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    remember that, many people saved lakhs of rs, due to non watching. pocket money saved and used for other noble cause. don't watch movies and use it for your own food.

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  • Francis Moras, Dubai

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    What a foolish comment! You say that people saved money by not watching this movie. Will not they watch other movies and spend money for other things? Really height of stupidity and not allowing freedom of expression in our own country. And you say 'MERA BHARAT MAHAN'? Wahre. Wa..

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  • Lina, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Brother Sharath, we are talking about the losses caused to the theaters by these activists here, not the profits made or money spent on noble causes. I hope good people like you understand that PEACE is the need of the hour not PIECES, Jai Hind

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  • Mangalore citizen, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Only those people who can afford to watch a movie would go for it. Nobody has the right to tell anyone how to spend their money. Movies are for entertainment and anyone who wishes to spend for a noble cause will do it. But what right does BD have to stop anyone from watching a movie? Who are they? How can they take law into their hands?

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Dec 23 2015

    Nammade jana... nammade karma...

    We get to know the losses when our own people hinder our functioning.

    Hope next time there will be a louder voice (or a few more joining in) in opposing when a Moral Police act takes place !

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