'Fanaa' withdrawn from Jamnagar theatre

Jun 12, 2006 IANS

Ahmedabad, June 12 (IANS) A theatre in Gujarat's Jamnagar Monday decided to withdraw the Aamir Khan-starrer "Fanaa" following a request by producers Yash Raj Films after a youth attempted self-immolation in the theatre a day ago to protest its screening.

Mansur Sheikh, the manager of Amber theatre where the film was being screened for a week despite protests, said the management had decided to withdraw it.

On Sunday evening, a youth from Rajkot suffered severe burns after he attempted to immolate himself.

The youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had two months ago declared a boycott of the film in the state after Aamir spoke in favour of the Narmada Bachao Andolan that is fighting for the rights of the people displaced by the Sardar Sarovar dam in the state.

"Fanaa" was released amid protests last week in the Jamnagar theatre, owned by a relative of Congress parliamentarian Vikram Madam. Crowds poured in to see the film amid tight security even as the owner asked for police protection.

"For the first two days, the collection was not so good as people were a bit afraid. But later we had a good collection," said Sheikh.

When "Fanaa" was released last month, theatre owners and multiplex owners in Gujarat decided not to screen it in the state until the film star apologised for his comments, which Khan refused to do.

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