Bollywood director Anubhav Sinha's Article 15 which is screened on june 28 was suspended following protests by a religious group. On Friday, a group entered the Sapna Palace Theatre and the Innox multiplex and stopped the screening of the film.
According to media reports, they shouted slogans against the filmmaker and posters were also torn during the period. A meeting was held on Saturday by the exhibitors in view of the future trouble and a decision has been taken to ban the screening of the film till adequate security is provided.
In this connection, the owner of a cinema hall said that after Friday's trouble, all Saturday shows were banned and the film could not be screened in Kanpur. He further said, "The film started with all the shows, although we could not afford the potential damage to property by the rowdy mob and the police are not even giving us enough security. We have also informed the distributors that we will not be screening the film in Kanpur." Thus, the film, which has a budgeted Rs 18 crore, has earned over Rs 13 crore in two days.