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Security matters: Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar supervising arrangements at a theatre in Nalgonda on Wednesday. —
Security matters: Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar supervising arrangements at a theatre in Nalgonda on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

None of the theatres in Karimnagar district screen the movie

KARIMNAGAR: Telugu movie “Adhurs” starring Jr. NTR, was not screened in any of the cinema halls in Karimnagar district on Wednesday following the call given by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) activists .

Though, the police made elaborate arrangements by deploying additional forces at all cinema halls in Karimnagar district, the theatre owners voluntarily stopped the screening of the film.

In Karimnagar town, the film was to be screened at Bharath theatre, but the owner erected a board stating that they were not screening the film for the day. However, the police force was deployed at the cinema hall to avoid any untoward incident. Similarly, the film was not screened in Sircilla, Jagtial and Godavarikhani towns also. The TRS activists destroyed the posters of the film in Sircilla and Godavarikhani town demanding the theatre managements to stop screening the film.

Movie screened

Mahabubnagar Correspondent writes: Adhurs, which created tension in the past few days, was released in Mahabubnagar town amidst tight security on Wednesday. The cinema was screened at Natraj and Narthaki theatres, which belong to local Congress MLA N. Rajeshwar Reddy.

Film unit of ‘Adhurs’, starring Jr. NTR, was having trouble in releasing the cinema following threats from Telangana supporters. Police made elaborate arrangements and movie-goers were allowed inside after a through search. It was reported that all the shows were house full.

According to information, the cinema was screened in Nagarkurnool and Shadnagar towns also. Meanwhile, in Narayanpet and Wanaparthy town in the district, the theatre managements voluntarily suspended its release .

No screening

Sangareddy Staff Reporter writes: ‘Adurs’ was exhibited successfully at two theatres at Toopran and Patancheru in Medak district amid tight security. However, at Zaheerabad and Sadasivapet the theater managements decided to not to show the movie . Though it was informed that the managements decided to honour the sentiments of the people in the region nothing was confirmed. Police are preparing to extend the security .

TRS dharna

Nalgonda Staff Reporter: “Adhurs” was screened amid tight security arrangements in the district on Wednesday in the wake of the call given by some pro-Telangana organisations to stall the screening of the movie. However, the new movie could not be screened in Nakrekal. The theatre management stopped the screening of the new film after the inaugural show in Nalgonda. The arrangements were supervised by District Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar. The police frisked the viewers before the commencement of the show in the morning as a precautionary measure. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sailu and others were present.

Subsequently, Adhurs movie was replaced with another Telugu movie in the next show in the theatre. Earlier, the pro-Telangana activists including the members of the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee (TSJAC) staged a demonstration in front of the theatre .

The police detained several TRS activists as a preventive measure. The pro-Telangana activists also staged similar protest demonstrations in Suryapet, Miryalaguda and other towns.

TRS activists arrested

Nizamabad Staff Reporter: “Adhurs” was screened at the Natraj theatre here amid tight police security, while in Kamareddy town the management of Priya theatre voluntarily cancelled the screening in the backdrop of ‘boycott call’ given by Telangana Jana Jagruthi headed by Kavitha, daughter of TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The movie was released in two theaters in the district. The police led by Raghav Reddy, Deputy Superintendent of Police stood guard at Nataraj theatre since morning to prevent any untoward incident.

Circle Inspector Nagesh Naik, four Sub-Inspectors and a contingent of 50 police personnel were deployed for the security.

The police allowed the film-goers into the hall only after thorough frisking. They keenly observed tickets and every person around the cinema hall. Meanwhile, three TRS activists who arrived at the hall shouting slogans were arrested and shifted to police station. Police security continued for all the four shows. The management appeared to have run the shows amid the apprehensions of attacks from the pro-Telangana activists. However, it was not sure whether the Telangana activists would allow continuing the screening in coming days.

Talking to The Hindu, TRS district president A.S. Posetty, said the party activists and leaders stayed away from the agitation to prevent the screening of the ‘Adhurs’ in line with the Telangana JAC call.

Good opening

Khammam Staff Reporter writes: “Adurs” received a good opening at the box office in Khammam despite threat from some pro-Telangana outfits. It was released in major towns such as Khammam, Palvancha, Sathupally, Bhadrachalam and Wyra. It was screened for four shows without any interruption at all centres barring Yellandu where the theatre management preferred not to go for it following threatening calls received from certain organisations. Police and the TDP played an effective role in ensuring trouble- free screening of the movie.

Almost every theatre in the district was given total police protection. The police, a day in advance, had meetings with the local leaders who gave a call for boycotting the film.


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