Posters of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Pathaan’ were torn and burnt outside a cinema hall in Bihar’s Bhagalpur on Tuesday, a day before its release. A video of the incident showed youths from Hindu organisations chanting, “Film chalega, hall jalega” (hall will be burnt down if movie is screened). A man was seen scaling the cinema hall to remove a poster.
Bajrang Dal activists protested outside cinema halls in MP’s Indore and played Hanuman Chalisa as Pathaan was released today. A 9 am show at a theatre there had to be cancelled due to the protest, reports said, adding that additional police forces were deployed. Bajrang Dal members assembled in front of the theatre with sticks to stall the film’s screening.