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We will put down 'Girlfriend' protests: police chief
City police commissioner A.N. Roy said here Monday his force will give protection to theatres showing the controversial film "Girlfriend" and take strong action against vandals.
Referring to the storming of a city theatre by workers of the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS), the student wing of the Shiv Sena, Roy told IANS: "We will take strong action against protestors and provide security to theatres screening the movie."
After about 100 BVS workers disrupted a show of "Girlfriend" at Premier Cinema House in central Mumbai, a stronghold of Shiv Sena, the hall suspended the screening of the film.
Karan Razdan, director of the film, which deals with the theme of alternative sexuality, termed the action as unfortunate.
He said: "My film does not hurt any religious sentiment. Nor is there any nudity or vulgar scenes. The theme is realistic. We also know some lesbian groups have come out in the open about the trend.
"I condemn this violence. The agitators should take up issues of poverty and hunger. Why do these so-called guardians of morality not stand up for such issues?" Razdan said.
"There are no plans to withdraw the film from cinema houses. A few people cannot decide what should be shown. We have a certificate from the Censor Board."
Censor Board Chief Anupam Kher said: "The film has been cleared after giving it an 'A' certificate and with a lot of cuts. Once we have issued a certificate, our job ends.
"It is up to the state government and the police to ensure the safety of the film.