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A street hoarding of Saif Ali Khan’s forthcoming spy thriller had to be pulled down after it caused an accident on the road
By Divya Unny (MID-DAY; March 16, 2012)
Saif Ali Khan may be on his way to becoming the poster boy of spy films in India, but some of the commuters on Mahim Causeway are paying for it.
The hoarding at Mahim Causeway A 32/72 feet hoarding of Mr Khan holding two guns has been distracting pedestrians and men behind wheels so much on that particular stretch of road that it has even led to a few minor accidents. So much so that it resulted in the local municipal authorities asking the producers to bring down the hoarding.
Says a source, “The hoarding is placed on a road that leads to the Western Express Highway and Bandra Masjid. It’s a very busy road and hence was causing a lot of complications because of its sheer size. In fact, two cars banged against each other, but thankfully nothing worse happened.”
The hoarding, which is by far the largest for any Hindi film till date has been positioned on the spot for over a week, garnering the film a lot of eyeballs. However, the publicity was short lived considering the producers chose to stay away from running into trouble with the authorities.
Says producer Dinesh Vijan, “We realised that it could become a hazard as the commuters were paying more attention to the hoarding than the turn ahead. So in the interest of road safety, we decided to change the creative.”
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THE TIMES OF INDIA (February 11, 2010)
Mumbai: Chief minister Ashok Chavan has said, “It’s my wish that this (the controversy over the SRK-starrer ‘My Name Is Khan’) should be sorted out with mutual understanding. The common man should not be made to suffer because of this ongoing controversy. The police department is taking stock of the situation and adequate security arrangements will be made for the release of film.’’
State home minister R R Patil, too, assured film distributors of adequate security. “Those who want to protest against the film can do so but it should be done peacefully and not by disturbing law and order,’’ Patil said. “We will spare no one guilty of lawlessness,’’ he added.
However, the CM’s and the home minister’s statements failed to evoke much confidence. It wasn’t that the state government and the police machinery did not walk the talk. But an uneasy calm prevailed near cinema halls and most theatres didn’t sell a single ticket in the city, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
Shiv Sainiks came prepared to vandalise Kasturba theatre in Malad on Wednesday afternoon. “Twenty-five persons were nabbed before they could tear up posters or smash glass panes. The accused included a vibhag pramukh, a shakha pramukh and four women,’’ an official said. Another group damaged some hoardings on the Western Express Highway—away from any multiplex or single-screen theatre—in Andheri and a band of More >