Politics heats up before the release of Salman Khan starrer Tiger Zinda Hai. Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Sena has threatened the cinema owners for booking all their shows for Tiger Zinda Hai, eating away the slots dedicated to 2 Marathi movies, Deva and Gachhi. To add fuel to the fire are Congress and Shiv Sena, when Shiv Sena has backed the pro Marathi agenda, while Congress Party President Sanjay Nirupam sided Tiger Zinda Hai. Adding to confusion was Congress legislator Nitin Rane pitched for the Marathi film industry.
Amey Khobar, MNCS President, says that they are not against Tiger Zinda Hai or any other film; however, Marathi films should not suffer because all the prime time slots are allocated to screening Tiger Zinda Hai.
Earlier, on Tuesday, MNCS issued letters to cinema houses asking for prime time slots for screening Marathi films. In case they failed to do so, the MNCS will stage agitation against Salman Khan Starrer film.
Sanjay Raut, Sena MP maintained that Marathi filmmakers are viewed as hawkers and they must be treated at par when releasing films.
The situation has perplexed cinema owners as the Salman Khan film is one of the few mega budget films to be released after a gap of several months and is going to be the last big movie this year, as Padmavati is not slated to be released in 2017.
MNCS, which is a part of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena led by Raj Thackeray, said that they will not tolerate monopolizing of cinema houses by Yashraj Films. Lashing out Khopkar said that the producers must remember that their film shootings are carried out in Maharashtra and if the issue is not resolved peacefully, they will be compelled to prevent their shoots as well.
He further added that it is sad that Marathi film makers do not get their screen share because big companies book all the theaters in advance for screening their films, leaving the options of only morning and late night shows for Marathi films.
It is alleged that Yashraj films have asked theaters to run 5 shows in a day on the release day to get maximal crowd.