Mumbai cops promise security to theatres showing ‘Padmaavat’

With just two days left for the release of ‘Padmaavat’, the Mumbai police today promised security to the theatres that would show the controversial film in the backdrop of threats issued by certain groups opposing its release.

The Mumbai Police will ensure that no law and order issue is created and they will provide adequate security to the theatres screening it, a top police official said.

The police will also provide protection to moviegoers and its makers, if necessary, he added.

The official said makers of the film today approached the police, seeking security at multiplexes where the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama will open on January 25.

Police personnel will be stationed at cinemas from January 24 to 26 to ensure the film releases smoothly and any attempt to disrupt its screening is foiled, he said.

Some groups led by the Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, are opposing the release of the film, claiming it “distorts” historical facts, a charge rejected by its makers. They have threatened to disrupt its screening.