A screening of superstar Salman Khan's much-awaited movie 'Tiger 3' on its opening day on November 12 took an unusual and dangerous turn as fans set off fireworks inside a movie theater in Maharashtra's Malegaon.
What exactly happened?
Videos of the incident shared on X (formerly known as Twitter) showed fans enjoying the film's screening inside Mohan Cinema when suddenly a group of men sitting in front rows started bursting firecrackers, including bombs and rockets. While in the beginning other fans sitting in their seats seemed amused at the antics, they, after a few moments of non-stop lighting up of fireworks started panicking due to the threat of theater seats catching fire and ran helter-skelter to a safe zone inside the theater which briefly led to a stampede-like situation.
Salman Khan reacts
Reacting to the incident a day after, Salman Khan requested his fans and followers not to burn firecrackers in the theatres during 'Tiger 3' screening and enjoy the film without putting lives at risk. Taking to social media, Salman wrote, "I'm hearing about fireworks inside theatres during Tiger3. This is dangerous. Let's enjoy the film without putting ourselves and others at risk. Stay safe."
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Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma also reacted to the incident and wrote on X, "And we think we are not MAD."
Case registered; Two detained
Soon after the videos of the incident went viral, the Malegaon Police registered a case against unknown persons on Monday. According to the officials, the police took cognisance and registered a case under sections 112 and 117 of the Maharashtra Police Act. An FIR was also registered under Section 112 in Chavani police station and two people were detained in connection with the incident.
This is not the first time that this incident has happened; earlier as well, fans burst crackers in a cinema hall during the release of Antim: The Final Truth, and it caught Salman's attention.
Tiger 3 has minted a gross ₹44.5 crore on day 1 in India. With this, the film has become the highest-grossing Diwali Day in the history of Hindi cinema.
Helmed by Maneesh Sharma, Tiger 3 wase released in cinemas in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. The movie also features Revathi, Ashutosh Rana, Riddhi Dogra, Vishal Jethwa, Kumud Mishra and Ranvir Shorey.
Tiger 3 is the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger & Tiger Zinda Hai.