Kolkata Theatre Refuses To Screen Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan Due To ‘Illogical’ Tiger 3 Screening Demands

In a surprising turn of events, the highly anticipated release of Shah Rukh Khan’s movie “Jawan” is facing a setback in Kolkata. The popular Priya Cinemas in Kolkata has decided not to screen the film due to what they describe as “illogical” demands related to the screening of Salman Khan’s “Tiger 3.” This decision has sparked controversy and criticism within the industry.

High Expectations for “Jawan”

A major Kolkata cinema owner rejects Shah Rukh Khan's Jawan film over controversial screening demands tied to Tiger 3.

The buzz surrounding Atlee’s “Jawan,” featuring Shah Rukh Khan in dual roles alongside Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi, has reached an all-time high. With its theatrical release just two days away, the film has seen a tremendous response from audiences, with advance bookings already grossing over Rs 21.30 crore in India on day one.

The Unfortunate Decision

However, a recent Facebook post has revealed that cinegoers who frequent Priya Cinemas in Kolkata will not have the opportunity to watch “Jawan.” The cinema’s owner has cited “right illogical” demands from distributors related to the screening of Salman Khan’s “Tiger 3” as the reason for this decision.

Distributor’s Demands

The distributors of “Jawan” in Kolkata, SVF, have reportedly made demands that Priya Cinemas showcase their own Bengali films in all show slots instead of screening YRF’s highly anticipated “Tiger 3” during the Diwali season. This has raised questions about the practicality and appeal of Bengali films during the festive season compared to a big-budget blockbuster like “Tiger 3.”

Implications for the Single Screen Theatre

The owner of Priya Cinema, Mr. Arijit Dutta, has expressed his inability to comply with these demands and, as a result, will not be able to arrange the screening of “Jawan” in his theatre. This decision has also led to fan clubs relocating their screenings of “Jawan” to other venues like Bijoli Cinema.

Accusations of Dirty Politics

The post on Facebook by ‘Cinema – A Love Letter’ concludes by criticizing the exhibitors for what they describe as “dirty politics” at a time when single-screen theatres are struggling in Kolkata. It laments the missed opportunity for one of the city’s premium and affordable single-screen theatres to screen a big film like “Jawan.”

Industry Reactions

This unexpected turn of events has sparked discussions within the industry about the impact of such demands and decisions on film screenings and the future of single-screen theatres in Kolkata.

The decision by Priya Cinemas in Kolkata to not screen “Jawan” due to distributor demands related to “Tiger 3” has generated controversy and raised questions about the dynamics of film distribution and exhibition in the region. As the release date approaches, the industry will be closely watching how this situation unfolds and its potential implications for the entertainment landscape in Kolkata. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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