Protests had broken out in Mona Cinema in Patna, Bihar over the halting of screening of the Ayushman Khurana starrer film 'Article 15' by Chandrashekhar Azad's Bhim Army. The film is based on the Badaun rape case and showcases the systemic atrocities against Dalits and lower caste by the upper castes.
In the Badaun rape case, where two teenage girls were gang-raped and murdered in the village in Uttar Pradesh.
As seen in the visuals above, the protesters from the Bhim Army were chased out of the cinema hall. The protestors threw out the posters and placards of the film at the Mona Cinema. They were agitating against the halting of the screening of the film. The screening was halted as some groups had protested saying that the film was anti-Brahmin.
Following the protest, the police reached the venue and conducted lathicharged the group and tried to restore normalcy in the venue.
The movie had faced flak from members of Brahmin outfits in different parts of the country. As per a report from June 28, the members of the community had requested the government to listen to their plea to stop 'Article 15' from releasing.
In Nagpur, the Brahmin community protested outside a movie theatre by hitting posters of the films with footwear. The protestors also feel that the name of the film was not appropriate.
On Thursday, during the special screening of the film, actor Ayushmann Khurrana had said, "Today Anubhav Sir (Anubhav Sinha, director) has issued a statement in which he has cleared that the movie is not against any community."
The Anubhav Sinha directorial has been unanimously lauded by critics and fans alike and the box office collections are also progressing accordingly. The controversial film has witnessed an impressive jump on the second day, after a decent opening, and now stands at a total of Rs 12.27 crore.
(WIth PTI inputs)