Madhya Pradesh home minister Dr Narottam Mishra on Wednesday said nobody stopped Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt from visiting Ujjain’s Mahakal temple.
He said the administration informed him that like filmmaker Ayan Mukerji, Ranbir and Alia were also requested to visit but they decided not to go because of the protest.
The minister said, “The administration informed me that arrangement was made for their visit. But they decided to not proceed. Protest, be it on any issue, is a different subject. They were not stopped from darshan. Those who accompanied them went inside the temple.”
On his official Twitter account, the minister also said that ‘an artist should not use words which hurt the sentiments of people’.
फिल्म अभिनेता रणबीर कपूर और अभिनेत्री आलिया भट्ट के महाकाल बाबा के दर्शन की पूरी व्यवस्था उज्जैन प्रशासन ने की थी, लेकिन प्रशासन के आग्रह के बावजूद रणबीर और आलिया खुद दर्शन के लिए नहीं गए।
वैसे लोगों की भावनाओं को आहत करने वाले शब्दों का प्रयोग कलाकारों को नहीं करना चाहिए। pic.twitter.com/uiWB2tf9Hj
— Dr Narottam Mishra (@drnarottammisra) September 7, 2022
Amid the promotions of their much-awaited film ‘Brahmastra’, the couple was supposed to offer prayers on Tuesday for which the temple committee along with the district administration and the police had made elaborate security arrangements.
However, the Bajrang Dal activists opposed the actors’ entry based on an alleged remark made by Ranbir in 2011 over the beef issue. Due to his 11 years old comment, the actor is also facing a lot of backlash on social media and trolls are using the hashtag #BoycottBrahmastra on Twitter, asking the people not to watch the film.
Bajrang Dal members also held black flags and placards at the Mahakaleshwar Temple, as a sign of protest against the film.
For those unversed, back in 2011, during the promotion of his film ‘Rockstar’, Ranbir had said, “My family is from Peshawar, so a lot of Peshawari food has come with them. I am a mutton, paya, and beef fan. Yeah, I am a big beef fan.”
A police official in Ujjain said, “Due to security concerns, the couple returned from Ujjain to Indore without offering prayers at temple in the wake of the protests. However, other members of ‘Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva’ film crew later offered prayers at the temple.”
Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal leader Ankit Chaube said, “We won’t allow Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt into the temple over the liking for beef remark. We’ll protest in big manner against local administration and police over the assault on our worker.”
Helmed by Ayan Mukerji, ‘Brahmastra: Part 1- Shiva’ is all set to hit the theatres on September 9, 2022, in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Mouni Roy and Shah Rukh Khan in pivotal roles.