Theatre owners here are chary about releasing Ram Charan Teja-starrer Zanjeer and its Telugu version Thoofan on Friday despite an order by Andhra Pradesh High Court directing police to provide security for the smooth release and screening of the movies. Ram Charan is the son of Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi. The movie is likely to face roadblocks in the state, which is currently witnessing political turmoil over the decision to carve out separate Telangana state.
Over the last one month, not even a single big-budget Telugu film managed to release in the state. Even films like Yevadu also featuring Ram Charan and Attarintiki Daredi, featuring Chiranjeevi's younger brother Pawan Kalyan, had to be postponed to a further unknown date.
Speaking to IANS, trade analyst Trinath said, "The release of Zanjeer still appears unlikely as most theatres are not willing to screen the film. They fear protestors might damage their property if the film is screened. Even with police protection, it's not easy to maintain law and order across hundreds of theatres in the state."
A theatre owner said, "We are forced to shut down business and support the ongoing movement. Most theatres here are yet to take a call on whether to screen the film or not. Having just a few policemen on patrol in the theatre premises will not make much of a difference."
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