Thane: NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, 100 others booked for vandalism; stopped screening of Marathi film 'Har Har Mahadev' at Viviana Mall

Thane: NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, 100 others booked for vandalism; stopped screening of Marathi film 'Har Har Mahadev' at Viviana Mall

Awhad said that the film distorted Chhatrapati Shivaji's history to create political hype and thus he stopped the screening. He and his workers got into a scuffle with the audience.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, November 08, 2022, 08:26 PM IST
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Former state housing minister Jitendra Awhad and 100 workers of his have been booked for vandalism after they forcefully stopped a screening of a Marathi film 'Har Har mahadev' at a multiplex in Thane's Viviana Mall on Monday night. The NCP MLA alleged that the film distorted Chhatrapati Shivaji's history to create political hype.

According to a report in local media, the Vartak Nagar police have registered a case based on complaint of one Vijay Dhurve; they have been booked under Sections 141, 143, 146, 149, 323, 504 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 37/135 of the Mumbai Police Act.

Awhad, workers scuffle with the audience

The leader and his workers got into a scuffle with the audience and the video of their heated exhcange is going viral on social media.

In the video, a mob is seen charging at the cinemagoer and later Jitendra Awhad intervenes, and the two exchange a few heated words before the man is taken out of the cinema hall with his daughter.

Another video shows the man being manhandled by Awhad before he is taken out of the cinema hall.

Awhad alleges film distorts history

Speaking to the media later, Awhad said that the movie shows Shivaji Maharaj sleeping on a bench while Afzal Khan was stabbing him and said that his relationship with Bajiprabhu Deshpande was also defamed.

Awhad, saying that films influence people, said that distortion of history must be opposed. He said although he respects freedom of expression, he will not let people change the history, stated a report in Hindustan Times.

MNS slams NCP leader for stopping the show

Reportedly, soon after NCP workers left, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's Thane-Palghar district chief Avinash Jadhav arrived at the multiplex and requested to restart the show.

He was quoted in HT saying that it is wrong to manhandle the audience who had come to watch a film. He said that the accused should be arrested by the police. He said he will also attend the screening until end and dared others to stop the show.

Director of the film condemns attack

Abhijeet Deshpande, who directed the film 'Har Har Mahadev' condemning the attack said, "The entire team of Har Har Mahadev condemns these pervert goons for breaking into Har Har Mahadev's show in Thane and attacking the common Marathi audience. Stop playing politics on my Chhatrapati and practice his divine thoughts."

While speaking to the media, he also said that the team will release a media statement today and that they condemn the violence. He added that the CBFC gave a nod for the film's release. The panel had historians and the changes they recommended were duly taken note of, he said.

Sambhaji brigade stalled screening in Pune

A day earlier, former Rajya Sabha member and Kolhapur royal family scion Sambhaji Chhatrapati had warned that if facts are found distorted in any upcoming films based on legendary warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, he would oppose such movies and take all efforts to stall their release.

"Members of 'Sambhaji Brigade' stalled the screening of 'Har Har Mahadev' at a theatre in Pune and warned the theatre owner. The history is distorted in 'Har Har Mahadev' while in 'Vedat Marathe Veer Daudale Sath', the depiction of 'Mavle' (soldiers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ) is frightful," alleged Sambhaji Brigade leader Santosh Shinde.

(With agency inputs)

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