On Friday, several major cinema halls of Kolkata were forced to stop the screening of the Accidental Prime Minister abruptly, due to violent protests from the Youth Congress activists.
Around 11:30am at morning, the Congress activists gathered outside of Hind inox mall at the heart of the city. Soon after a police contingent reached the spot and removed the protesters. “We have cancelled the screening for the noon show due to law and order situation. We are yet to take a call on the other shows,” a Hind Cinema official told DC.
However, within 15 minutes after starting, the movie to to be pulled down by the hall officials citing security reasons.” The protesters were promptly removed by police. I can’t understand what kind of security threat the hall authorities were talking about,” said a moviegoer. The tickets were refunded to the spectators.
Later in the same day around 8pm, Congress activists attacked at the vandalised city’s Well known Quest mall. The protesters tore down the movie screen and created an atmosphere of terror for moviegoers and in general for all in the mall.
“The film is an insult towards our senior leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. We have stopped the screening here. We will not allow the film to be screened anywhere,” Congress leader Rakesh Singh, who led the demonstrators, was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
Some of the protesters were heard shouting slogans like “Rahul Gandhi Zinabad… Congress Zindabad (hail Rahul Gadhi and Congress)” inside the auditorium, IANS reported.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has blamed Congress for fomenting violence, accusing it of censorship and curbing freedom of expression. Actor Anupam Kher, who plays the protagonist in the movie, tweeted about the incident dubbing it an act of “intolerance”.
The biopic on former PM Singh is based on a book by the former PMO media advisor Sanjaya Baru by the same name.