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Padmavat Releases in India Amid Tight Security

MUMBAI: The most controversial film in the history of Indian cinema, Padmavat was released on Thursday in India amid fears of protests and violence in several states.

Hindu extremists say the film portrays queen Padmani (Padmavati) falsely, claim producers categorically deny. The radical groups and have threatened to attack any cinema that screen it.

Earlier, on Wednesday, a day before the release, various states including  Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra and UP remained under violent protests.

Following the protests, Multiplex Association of India announced it would not screen Padmavat in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.

The association, according to HindustanTimes, represents about 75 percent of multiplex owners.

“We have decided not to play the film in four states — Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP and Goa — as the local management has told us that the law and order situation is not conducive,” Deepak Asher, president of the association said.

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