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PK’s Effect on Nation

The movie has already crossed the gross of 200 crore box office collection and is running successfully in theatres across the nation.

Published: 31st December 2014 12:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st December 2014 12:55 AM   |  A+A-

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‘PK’ in one hand is being supported by all the youngsters at the same time is facing a lot of protests raising against it in different states. The movie which was released on 19 December has made its presence felt till the final days of 2014 and shall continue till the beginning of next year.

The movie has already crossed the gross of 200 crore box office collection and is running successfully in theatres across the nation.

Here are some of the PK effects on some states and cities:

1. 'PK' Posters Vandalised in Madhya Pradesh

The Bajrang Dal Tuesday continued its protest against Aamir Khan's “PK” in the state alleging that the film insults the Hindu religion and rituals.

They tore and burnt the posters of the film while demanding a ban on the screening of the movie, directed by Rajumkar Hirani, in Neemuch in Malwa region. 

The activists proceeded towards Rajmandir movie hall with saffron flags in their hands and demanded that the screening of the movie should be stopped.

However, Additional Superintendent of Police, Neemuch, Pankaj Pandey told IANS that the protesters were stopped before the cinema hall and were not allowed to disrupt the screening of the film.

2. Make Aamir Khan's 'PK' tax free: Agnivesh

 Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh Tuesday advocated tax exemption for Aamir Khan-starrer "PK" in view of the movie's "new message" that would encourage scientific temperament among students across India.

Agnivesh welcomed "th film which takes a swipe at superstitious beliefs and false idol worship practiced by some people in the name of religion, said a statement released by his organisation Bandhua Mukti Morcha.

As the film's storyline questions exploitation of devotees and followers in the name of religion, Agnivesh urged people to "ignore the hue and cry made by some of the so-called religious leaders like Swami Ramdev and other religious outfits like Vishva Hindu Parishad or Jamaat-e-Islami Hind".

"It is natural that such religious leaders and institutions are bound to get threatened for their survival as the movie hits out at the blind faith," he said, in the statement.

He congratulated Central Board of Film Certification chairperson Leela Samson for rejecting a review of the screening certificate to the film despite pressure from religious fundamentalists.

3. Film fraternity comes out in support of 'PK'

While makers of "PK" are courting controversy for the film being anti-Hinduism, the film industry people like Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Uday Chopra have come out in support of the movie.

The Rajkumar Hirani directorial that features actor Aamir Khan as an alien, struck the controversy ever since its release. Although the film is doing well at the box office and has broken collection records, it has been slammed by some people, including few communities and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, who claim it mocks Hindu traditions.

Here's what Bollywood celebrities had to say:

Karan Johar: Attacking a duly censored film has to stop!!! What kind of a democracy are we living in?? No film should be targeted or be allowed to...,#PK

Uday Chopra: What a wonderful film #PK is...just saw it and I’m bowled over by it. It is the most important film that every Indian should see. Salute!

Ritesh Sidhwani: #PK is a Must Watch. I’m a believer & nowhere does it hurt our sentiments or questions religion. In fact it teaches you to love Cont... And not fear in the name of God. What it rightfully does is questions the So called messengers & their role between us & our belief.

Pooja Bedi: God wants SPIRITUAL FRUIT.. not RELIGIOUS NUTS!! LLet's support #PK

Vivek Agnihotri: All those gundas attacking cinema halls showing #pk must be arrested immediately and locked up with Asaram.

4. Row over 'PK' slightly dents its collections

Actor Aamir Khan’s recently released film "PK" has seen a string of controversies and this has slightly affected the box office collection of the film in a few pockets and has also got police protection at theaters.

Ashish Saksena, COO at BIG Cinemas, told IANS: “ 'PK' has been doing well but from last two to three days there has been a downfall in the collections due to the controversies. But overall it’s been doing great and nobody can deny that 'PK' is the biggest film ever.”

However, it's also been said that once the censor board has passed the film, nothing can be changed.

Rajesh Thadani from Multimedia Combines said: “Censor Board is the ultimate authority and they have passed the film, so we should respect their decision.”

After watching "PK", Hindutva groups Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad were so livid that they went on a rampage in Ahmedabad and Bhopal, smashing theatres screening the film. Also, members of the Bajrang Dal allegedly vandalised theatres in Ahmedabad and demanded a ban on the screening of the Aamir Khan starrer.

In Agra, a "PK" screening was disrupted by protesters who accused Aamir Khan of double standards and allegedly even asked him to move to Pakistan.

The film has also been affected in a few pockets elsewhere in the country.

Rajesh Thadani said: “Yes, the film has been affected in a few pockets like Gujarat, but as we rightly say controversies have added extra publicity to the film. So, it’s only going to help the film in coming days.”

"PK" has been getting police protection in multiplexes and single screens.

Vishal Anand, COO of Fun Cinemas, said: “The film is doing exceptionally well and these controversies have not affected the film at all. Yes, we have been getting police protection.”

Adding to this, Thadani said: “Not just multiplexes, even single screens has been getting police protection.”

Despite all the controversy, the film has managed to collect more that Rs.200 crore, which is outstanding.

Kamal Gianchandani, president of PVR Pictures, said: “The business has been usual and there has been no impact on the collections. The film has crossed Rs.200 crore, which is outstanding.”

Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, "PK" also features Anushka Sharma among others. The film was released Dec 19.

5. 'PK' part of scheme to discredit Hinduism: VHP

Demanding a ban on Aamir Khan-starrer "PK", right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Tuesday termed the film part of a larger scheme to discredit Hindu religion and rituals.

VHP spokesman Vinod Bansal told IANS that they have also demanded an overhaul in the film censor board which approved the movie, and a "change in its character" is needed.

"The movie makes fun of Hinduism in every possible way. For those who are saying it hits at other religions too, all together the scenes of attack on Christianity and Islam will last for two minutes. But for the rest of two and half hours or more, they keep making fun of Hinduism," said Bansal, on a day when protests were held at cinema halls in Delhi screening the film.

"The movie is so insensitive, the character was an alien, but the director was not," he said.

Bansal called it a part of a scheme to discredit Hindu rituals.

"We want an immediate ban on the movie, and the government needs to change the character of the censor board. Every one says that we should not have problem when the censor board has cleared the movie, the question is who is heading the board..." he said.

Bansal added that National Investigation Agency (NIA) must probe the source of funding for the movie, after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy's claim that the movie was funded by ISI.

Asked about the vandalism, the spokesman said: "Are the theatres not guilty of screening the movie and being a party to the malignant agenda."

He also claimed that there was no vandalism in Delhi theatres.

"We staged peaceful protest at Delite cinema, and another protest at Priya cinema".

Asked to air his objections on the movie, Bansal said there is a long list.

6. VHP protests against 'PK' in Hyderabad

Aamir Khan-starrer "PK" Tuesday faced protest here as activists of right-wing Hindu groups held a demonstration outside a cinema hall, demanding that its screening be stopped.

The owners of Megha, a cinema theatre in Dilsukhnagar area, had to briefly suspend screening of the movie due to protest by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists.

Police said about 30 protesters gathered outside the theatre, tore and set afire the posters of the movie. They also raised slogans against Khan and the film's director Rajkumar Hirani.

The protesters alleged that certain scenes in the film were "objectionable" as they "hurt" the religious sentiments of Hindus.

Alleging that the film had hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus, they demanded that its screening be immediately stopped.

The protestors left the theatre after police reached there. The screening of the movie resumed as police provided protection.

Police said they were stepping up security around theatres screening the movie to prevent any untoward incident.

Last week, some Bharatiya Janata Party workers lodged complaints against the movie at two police stations in the city. They sought action against the makers for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.

Police, however, have not registered the case. A police officer said they have sought legal opinion in this regard.

VHP international working president Praveen Togadia, who was here to attend a meeting Monday, however declined to say anything when asked to comment on "PK" controversy.

7. 'PK' detractors free to move court: Minister

It was beyond the scope of the information and broadcasting ministry to restrict the viewing of Aamir Khan's movie "PK" and those opposed to it were at liberty to move court, union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said Tuesday.

"The information and broadcasting ministry has no legal right whatsoever to restrict the viewing of any film," said Rathore, the minister of state for information and broadcasting.

"Freedom of speech is enshrined in our Constitution," he added.

The movie is being opposed by right-wing organisations who say certain scenes hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus and promoted 'love jihad'.

In a countrywide protest, the groups called for the suspension of the film's screening while members of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad protested outside theatres, tore the film's posters, and raised slogans denouncing Aamir Khan and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani.

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