Mumbai: The city civil court on Thursday dismissed
an appeal filed by the owners of Bharatmata theatre
challenging the eviction notice issued to them in 2002.
Kapil Bhopatkar, owner of the over 70-year-old theatre,
which shows only Marathi movies, had approached the court in
September 2002 appealing against the eviction notice issued by
the National Textile Corporation (NTC) in the same year.
The theatre is located on the land owned by NTC in
Lalbaug in central Mumbai.
"The land is in prime locality and NTC wants to build
residential and commercial properties there. But one has to
consider that the theatre that was established in 1936 is one
of the cultural hub of the city," Bhopatkar`s lawyer Nitesh
Mehta said they would challenge the city civil court`s
order in Bombay High Court.