Fame,Inorbit Mall Malad and Cinemax Infiniti Mall Versova also opened the film while Fun Republic is showing it in its Andheri property.PVR started the screening of MNIK in its Goragaon property. The MAI took the decision after the Maharashtra chief minister and the Bombay police commissioner’s pleas to it to go ahead with the release.Both of them have assured the multiplexes and cinemas complete security.If nothing untoward happens, the multiplexes will open the film in their other properties during the course of the day.
It is clear that the controversy that started between Shah Rukh Khan, the hero and co-producer of MNIK and the Shiv Sena, has now assumed a political colour.While Shiv Sena is trying hard to stall the eagerly awaited film’s release, the government is moving heaven and earth to ensure the smooth release of the film.
Of course, given the fractured/token release, it is evident that the ruling party in Maharashtra has had to eat humble pie in the face of blatant gundaism of the Shiv Sena.Insiders reveal that the multiplexes agreed to open the film in select properties as they do not want to antagonise the government.Meanwhile, multiplexes in Gujarat state cancelled the first show in view of threats from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad which is also opposing the remarks of SRK.
However, early reports suggest that they may be allowed to screen the film after the token boycott call given by the VHP.