Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' Opens in Patna Amid Tight Security

Tight security outside Mona cinema hall in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Amid enhanced security, movie theaters in Patna on Monday began screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film 'Padmaavat', formerly known as 'Padmavati', as huge lines were seen outside Mona theater east of Gandhi Maidan and Cinepolis multiplex located within the P&M Mall in Pataliputra Colony.

Patna: Amid enhanced security, movie theaters in Patna on Monday began screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film 'Padmaavat', formerly known as 'Padmavati', as huge lines were seen outside Mona theater east of Gandhi Maidan and Cinepolis multiplex located within the P&M Mall in Pataliputra Colony.

The film opens in Bihar just a day after Karni Sena, a private Rajput outfit that is opposing the film nationwide, activist lobbed Molotov Cocktail bombs outside a theater in Muzaffarpur.

Moviegoers at Cinepolis in Patna standing in ticket line to purchase ticket for 'Padmaavat' on Monday.Moviegoers at Cinepolis in Patna standing in ticket line to purchase ticket for 'Padmaavat' on Monday.

Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj assured the movie-goers of full safety saying any attempt to disrupt the screening will be dealt with an iron hand.

The film, after undergoing a name change and some other cosmetic alterations, was released nationwide last week but due to security reasons, its release was delayed in Bihar until the state administration felt it was safe to allow its screening.

The Muzaffarpur incident took place on Sunday when more than 350 people were inside Shyam theater to see the film on its opening day in Bihar. Officials said the bombs were of low intensity and no one was hurt in the incident.

Reports of sporadic violence at cinema halls were also received from Bihar Sharif, Gaya, and Vaishali.

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