Police later took dozens of protesters in custody.
Protests were also held outside a few other theatres in the city screening the film, released Saturday.
Claiming that titling a film, based on a love story, ‘Vinayakudu’, was insulting to the Hindu deity Ganesha, also known as Vinayak, the groups also lodged a complaint with the police.
However, the film’s director, A. Sai Kiran, clarified that he named the film ‘Vinayakudu’ as the hero was a good and lovable character. “I felt the title apt for the movie and did not intend to hurt anybody’s sentiments,” he said.