MUMBAI (Agencies) In an embarrassing show of no-confidence in the Congress-led state government, multiplex and theatre owners on Thursday decided not to release the Shah Rukh Khan flick 'My Name Is Khan in Mumbai and other parts of the state on Friday. Exhibitors will now take a wait-and-watch approach to the release of the film in Maharashtra. Late-night reports said multiplex owners would meet again on Friday morning to take a final call and it might be decided that each multiplex chain would release the film at only one multiplex and wait for the response. But no consensus emerged till late in the night as the fear factor weighed oppressively on every multiplex owners mind. Tinsel town insiders reacted with shock and dismay at the possible no-show of the movie in Bollywood capital and were calculating financial losses but civil society in Mumbai said the loss went much beyond the movies profit-and-loss economics. The general feeling was that the multiplex owners fears exposed an enormous lack of confidence in the governments ability to take on political blackmail and provide protection against vandalism. Chief minister Ashok Chavan tried his best to get the theatre owners to screen the film on Friday, promising them full security. They (the theatre owners) must release the film, he said. But his assurance found no takers either in Mumbai, the Senas hometown, or elsewhere in the state. The multiplex owners apprehensions, besides being a major embarrassment for Chavan and the government, put a huge pressure on Khan to make it up to the Thackerays as a films performance in Mumbai can make or mar its overall fortunes. A teleconference between the actor (in Berlin) and the producers came off in the evening, when Khan was formally told of Mumbai theatre owners decision, but the mood in the Khan camp was downbeat even before that. Khan stuck to his decision not to apologise to anyone but the 'tweets he sent out during the day were markedly conciliatory. (I) feel awful that Balasaheb and Uddhav have misconstrued my words. The reactions of the Sena workers seem to make me believe that. Dont want mayhem, anger and violence 'cos of our beautiful film which talks about repairing a bruised and divided world. I hope my tweets clear this cloud of confusion. I hope peace prevails and the city is at rest. Nobody wants Mumbaikars or their property hurt and destroyed, least of all me. This also is the last time I clarify or say anything on this topic. This is not a justification, its just reiterating the facts, he said. But he seemed to have resigned himself to the no-show. Now what happens with the release, the film, is the films fate, he tweeted. Mumbais multiplex owners, too, seemed to have resigned themselves to living with the Sena. I think the uncertainty over the release of one film and the risk that we would have taken by releasing this one film is not worth it. Several other films are showing in my multiplex and I dont want to lose that revenue as well, a multiplex owner in the central suburbs said. His was one of the cinemas targeted by the Sena on Tuesday. Another multiplex owner from Navi Mumbai admitted that the governments assurances paled in comparison to the fear factor. A plex screen costs between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 11 lakh and one stone can damage it irretrievably. Why should we take the risk? he added. There is another huge fact that plex owners had to bear in mind when they decided that life without MNIK probably made more sense in the current circumstances. Most of the multiplexes run out of leased property and owners say they cannot bear the consequences of any damage to that property for the sake of one film. We have to live with the Sena and we dont have the confidence that cops can give us blanket security cover 365 days a year, a western suburbs mall owner admitted. But we will wait till Friday morning to take a final call, he added.