Abhijit Panse, director of the film Thackeray, was seen leaving the Mumbai theatre in a huff after he was given front row seats to the screening – he wanted to be seated in the last row. The video shows Raut, a Shiv Sena leader, reportedly persuading Panse to stay back. After a brief discussion, the director is seen walking out of the hall, with his family in tow.
As per reports Panse arrived late for the premiere, and upon reaching the Wadala venue, was told that only front row seats were available. Panse, a member of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), left without watching the film. “ Panse, in an interview following the incident told a news channel that “the movie was more important than the controversy. Let the film get released. I am happy it is gaining popularity…it is a good movie and everyone should see it.” There was no seat left for Panse to seat. Then he was offered a seat in the front row. At least the film’s director should get a seat to sit, right?”
Thackeray is a biopic on the life of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao in lead roles and has been released on Friday.
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17 November, 2019