In an absolutely deplorable display of hooliganism, Congress workers in Kolkata entered and vandalised a movie theatre in Kolkata on Friday to protest the release of The Accidental Prime Minister.
The party workers had been up to civic disorder all day, first burning effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hind cinema at Kolkata's Chandni Chowk.
Later, in the evening, they barged into central Kolkata's Quest mall, carrying Congress' flags and chanting slogans calling for the movie to be shut down, with the Mall's security unable to put a stop to their entry. They proceeded up to the INOX multiplex at the mall's higher floors during the 8:20 pm primetime show, entered the hall, went up to the screen and ripped it apart at the bottom.
Visuals accessed of the vandalism shows the screen torn in two places right down the middle, with the larger tear being up to about 10 feet high and the smaller one, up to 5 feet. Staff are seen attempting to temporarily patch up the screen.
However, despite the clear blemish in the screen, the Congress workers' designs didn't pan out as the audience continued to watch the film in this state and the multiplex refused to cancel the show in question or any other show of the film. The police also then intervened to bring the situation under control.
An INOX regional director has issued a statement. "There had been a minor interruption around 8 pm at Quest. Hence with the help of the police the situation was taken under control and the normal screening continued", said Amitava Guha Thakurta.
While the Congress has been attempting to block the film's release ever since the trailer released, West Bengal Chief Minister's remarks can also hardly be considered mature. Speaking in Barasat, she said that the movie had been made "suddenly", adding:
"What is the meaning? This is wrong. These people are doing drama over this film. If they are screening accidental PM then they should remember one must make another film 'Disastrous PM'".
Unfortunately, CM Banerjee's remarks don't quite hold, and neither do the Congress' actions, as the film is actually based on an inside account of the UPA-1 Dr Manmohan Singh PMO by his own media advisor Sanjaya Baru. Baru's book of the same name had released before the 2014 elections.