‘State shouldn't do a U-turn on screening Marathi films’

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 12 April 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Saamna has pulled up the state government for changing the timings for the screening of Marathi films in multiplexes following "pressure" from distributors and multiplex proprietors.

The government can't be a "mute spectator" if Marathi film industry is going to suffer a setback because of the "dadagiri" of Hindi cinema, said Saamna in an editorial on Saturday.

The Shiv Sena mouthpiece urged cultural affairs minister Vinod Tawde to not do a U-turn on the question of screening Marathi films. "Prime-time screening is not an act of charity, it is the right of Marathi cinema," Saamna stated and asked Tawde to ignore "gasbags" such as Shobha "aunty" (columnist-writer Shobha De) and actor Aamir Khan.

The controversy took an ugly turn last week when Shiv Sainiks held demonstrations outside the Cuffe Parade residence of De to protest against her tweets slamming the state government for its decision to screen Marathi films during prime time.

Saamna wrote a leader comment lashing out at De, while Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik sought the permission of the state legislature to move a privilege motion against her for "insulting" Marathi culture.

"The timings were rescheduled between 12noon and 9pm after the minister met the multiplex owners...Who turned the clock's hands back for Marathi cinema?...The state government should not do a somersault on the issue," said Saamna.

Pointing out that Marathi films have been shaping up very well, both in terms of content and "masala", Saamna said, "Marathi films spin crores of rupees at the box office. Many Marathi films have reached Oscars," commented the morninger.

Prime-time row

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