Shobhaa De, who attracted the ire of Shiv Sena for tweeting out against a dictum of screening Marathi films in multiplexes during prime-time, has gained by maintaining a cool exterior. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken a stand with De on the issue.
While Sena protesters gathered outside the celebrity social commentator’s Cuffe Parade address at Mumbai, AAP national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon remarked, “Marathi culture needs encouragement. We have a pool of classic Marathi actors, filmmakers, theatres which are not exploited commercially…Government should support this (Marathi film) industry by giving them incentives such as tax benefit, creating government facilities for their broadcast.” She further noted that the government does not have the authority to dictate the internal matters of private outfits.
The Shiv Sena has planned to initiate a breach of privilege motion in the Legislative Assembly against De, which was also declared “ridiculous” by Menon. However, the Sena has not yet submitted a legal notice to this end.
In an odd coincidence the Maharashtra government has reverted from its previous stand to screen Marathi films during prime time. The new regulation concedes that Marathi films are free to be shown in any one individual screen in multiplexes between 12 noon to 9 in the evening.