Screening of Kamal Hassan’s film Vishwaroopam has been stopped in a Bijapur cinema following objections raised by leaders of two communities.

“Leaders of two communities, yesterday (Wednesday) asked us to stop the screening in the interest of people and also to maintain communal harmony in Bijapur. Having no choice, we stopped the screening after the first show itself,” Rohit Apte, manager of Tripur Sundari theatre, said.

It was the only cinema screening the film in the town.

Mr. Apte told journalists here on Thursday that the theatre would incur a loss of Rs. 9.42 lakh, which has been paid to the distributor, apart from the entertainment tax. Mr. Apte sought to know who would compensate the theatre. To a question, he said after the community leaders “appealed” them to stop the screening, the theatre management sought police protection. Superintendent of Police Ajay Hilori had arranged for a police van to be stationed outside the cinema, he said.

Meanwhile, Muslim Muttahida Council, a prominent Muslim organisation in Bijapur, submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Shivayogi Kalsad on Thursday appealing him to take steps to stop the screening the film till the controversy about it is resolved.