On Thursday, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed the police to provide security for the smooth release and screening of Hindi film Zanjeer and its Telugu version Thoofan starring actor Ram Charan Teja, son of Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi, and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra in leads. The court asked the director general of police to provide necessary security to theatres screening the two movies throughout the state from Friday.
Zanjeer and Thoofan, which are set to be released across the state on September 6, are currently witnessing political turmoil over the decision to carve out separate Telangana state. Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt. Ltd had moved the court seeking directions to the government to take steps for smooth screening of the two films in view of threats from some quarters. The petitioner feared obstacles to the screening of the movies in the wake of these threats.
Reliance entertainment informed the court that it has invested several crores of rupees to produce, market and distribute the movies. The company said it had already signed contracts with several theatres for screening the films. The company moved the court as its representation to the police did not evoke any response.
Some groups in Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) have threatened to disrupt screening of the movies to protest what they call Chiranjeevi's failure to oppose strongly the proposed bifurcation of the state. The movies may also face problems in Telangana, where some groups alleged that Chiranjeevi was trying to stall the formation of a separate state.
In the past, films of Chiranjeevi, his brother Pawan Kalyan and Ram Charan have had to face the ire of pro-Telangana groups.