Farmers’ group interrupts screening of Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Sooryavanshi’ in Hoshiarpur, Punjab

Opposing the actor for failing to support his protest against the Center’s three agricultural laws, a group of farmers from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, on Saturday shut down the screening of Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Sooryavanshi’.

Farmers protest Akshay Kumar’s film outside a cinema in Patiala on Saturday | PTI

A group of farmers protesting against central agricultural laws on Saturday forced five movie theaters here to stop screening Akshay Kumar-starrer “Sooryavanshi”.

Some of them tore up posters of the film hanging outside cinemas, claiming they opposed actor Akshay Kumar for not supporting their protest.

Activists from the Bharti Kisan Union (Kadian), led by District Training Chairman Swaran Dhugga, staged a demonstration and protest march from local Shaheed Udham Singh Park to Swaran Cinema against showing the film.

They forced the cinema hall authorities to stop showing the film and sentenced the actor for not expressing support for their protest.

Protesters added that they would not allow his films to be shown until farm laws were repealed.

Hundreds of farmers have camped at Delhi’s borders since November last year, demanding that the government repeal the three agricultural laws – the Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020; 2020 Agreement on Farmers’ Accord (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Insurance and Agricultural Services; and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020

They claim these laws will leave them at the mercy of business. They are also asking for a new law to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

The Center, which has held 11 rounds of talks with farmers to break the deadlock, maintained that the new laws are favorable to farmers.

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