Indian moviegoers packed theater to watch "Self-destruction"

Vimal Madam, owner of the packed theater in the city of Jamnagar , said the movie "Fanaa" or "Self-destruction" was sold out for the next three days in his small single-screen theater, in spite of unofficial ban that this film blocked its screening in the rest of Gujarat state.

"People want to watch the movie. I'm here to do business not politics," said Madam.

On Monday, India's Supreme Court said theater owners could ask for police protection to screen the movie, which is being opposed by local politicians because the lead actor, Bollywood star Aamir Khan, has called for more support for the 35,000 people who will be displaced by the massive Narmada dam project in the state.

Other theater owners have yet to decide whether to show the film. The Cinema Hall Owners' Federation of Surat, another busy Gujarat town, met late Tuesday to discuss a screening. The federation will take a decision after meeting local police and politicians, its officials said.

Since its release last month, "Fanaa" has had a successful run across India , reports the AP.


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