Fenil and Bollywood

Union textile minister visits Bharatmata, says no to razing

Posted on: January 22, 2010

RAY OF HOPE: Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran (third from left) with Milind Deora and Ashok Chavan at the Bharatmata theatre on Tuesday

Prakash Joshi & Yogesh Naik | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 20, 2010)

Mumbai: Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran on Tuesday assured Mumbaikars that the historic Bharatmata cinema in Lalbaug will continue as it has played a significant role as a cultural centre for Marathi cinema.

Maran, who took a round of the area and visited Bharatmata, said he would respect the feelings of the Marathi people about the theatre as he belongs to Tamil Nadu, where films are respected.

Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Kripashankar Singh had called on Maran and UPA president Sonia Gandhi to demand that the National Textile Corporation must respect the sentiments of the Marathi people and stop the demolition of Bharatmata.

Gandhi had promised to look into the issue and direct the government accordingly, Singh told TOI. The Shiv Sena and MNS have also taken an aggressive stand to save Bharatmata.

Chief minister Ashok Chavan, who accompanied Maran during the visit, was very happy with the Union minister’s assurance.

“Bharatmata cinema has become a cultural symbol respected by textile workers residing here for generations. We are happy that such symbol will be retained for future generations,’’ Chavan added.

There was strong demand from textile workers, Marathi film personalities and cultural bodies to save Bharatmata which has been showing only Maratahi films since 1940 at concessional rates.

A city civil court has dismissed an appeal filed by the owners of the theatre who challenged the eviction notice issued by NTC.


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