Kolkata: The first day first show of the biopic on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, The Accidental Prime Minister, had to be suspended midway in a Kolkata movie hall due to an agitation by the Youth Congress.
The movie, wherein ace actor Anupam Kher plays the lead role as Singh, was being screened at Hind Inox at Bowbazar in central Kolkata today noon.
Even before the screening could begin, a sizeable group of Youth Congress workers assembled in front of the movie hall and were holding agitations demanding that the film should not be screened.
A large posse of police were already deployed at the site in thwart any violence and, thus, ignoring the protest, the hall management began screening the movie which released only today.
This fuelled the agitation further and the Youth Congress workers then burned the effigy of the director of the movie in protest. As the agitation intensified, the hall management suspended the screening within 10 minutes.
A team of policemen in plain attire then went inside the hall and asked the viewers to leave. The hall management said that the stopped the screening keeping in mind the safety and security of the viewers and, approached police for help to vacate the hall.
Once the screening was stopped, the agitators gradually dispersed. Bengal Congress is yet to officially come on record on whether it had approved the agitation by Youth Congress.
Bengal minister of state for information and cultural affairs, Indranil Sen, told reporters that there is no bar on the screening of The Accidental Prime Minister anywhere in Bengal.