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Sikhs stage noisy sit-in at UK movie screening.
« on: April 21, 2015, 09:32:31 PM »
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Police had to be called and the cinema cleared and closed after the protestors surged through the main entrance and headed for the screen showing Bollywood blockbuster, Nanak Shah Fakir.

Once inside, the Sikh campaigners sat down on the floor and began to shout, refusing to move until cinema bosses met their demands and stopped the screening.

The drama unfolded at the multiplex at Bentley Bridge, Wednesfield, at 5.30pm on Sunday.

Bosses at Cineworld have apologised to customers and offered full refunds to those affected.

Nanak Shah Fakir, which is directed by Sartaj Singh Pannu and narrated by Arif Zakaria, has been mired in controversy since its release last week.

It stems from a depiction of the Guru and other religious figures in human form, which is considered to be a blasphemous violation of religious doctrine by many Sikhs.

It has been banned in many parts of India and attracted mass protests, while some UK cinemas have refused to show it through fear of offending religious sentiments.

Cineworld said it has no plans to show the film in future following the incident. Posters advertising the film have since been removed from the cinema's walls.

Some cinema goers were left frightened by the episode. One man, who asked not to be named, said he was among dozens of customers asked to leave the multiplex when the commotion ensued.

He said: "It was extremely intimidating. For a group of people to be able to get a film stopped and then banned is just ridiculous.

"It's an attack on freedom of speech. The atmosphere was quite aggressive in there and it's not what you expect to face when you go and watch a film."

Cineworld spokeswoman Liz Larvin, said: "We can confirm that customers were asked to leave our Wolverhampton cinema due to a small protest.

"We apologised and offered those customers affected a full refund. The police were called to the cinema and we are currently working closely with them to investigate.

"We have taken the decision to cancel screenings of Nanak Shah Fakir because we want our customers to enjoy visiting our cinemas and experience a wide range of films without disruption from others.

"We apologise to anyone disappointed by this decision and to those customers impacted on Sunday."

Earlier this year, a petition was lodged with the Indian High Court objecting the film's release.

Offline Shiranu

Re: Sikhs stage noisy sit-in at UK movie screening.
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2015, 12:49:04 AM »
Just do like they did with "The Interview", and charge to stream it. Win/win, except for the movie theatres. But fuck movie theatres anyways, with their 10$ popcorn and shit...
"Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle." - Rumi

Offline drunkenshoe

Re: Sikhs stage noisy sit-in at UK movie screening.
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2015, 10:57:09 AM »
So the problem is that it's been shown in a public theatre? Because if they are trying to stop people from watching it, we need somebody to remind them that it is 2015, and oh we have this thing called the internet.

I don't know, as long as it's not against the law in the country it is being screened, they should be in jail from preventing other people exercising their rights of watching a movie in a theatre. They shouldn't have canceled it.
'the wise man does not seek enlightenment, he waits for it. so while ı was waiting, it occurred to me that seeking perplexity might be more fun.’ - lu-tze

Offline Solitary

Re: Sikhs stage noisy sit-in at UK movie screening.
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2015, 11:06:06 AM »
Another example of religious people's lust to control. Fuck them and all their gods! Solitary
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

 

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