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As Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor Skip Ujjain Temple Visit Amid Protest, Minister Narottam Mishra Says This

The protests concern Ranbir Kapoor who said in 2011 that he likes beef.

Bhopal:

Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt faced protests at a temple on Tuesday during their visit to Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain to promote their mega-film “Brahmastra Part-1: Shiva”. The couple, who are expecting a baby, returned without visiting the famous Mahakaleshwar Temple due to security concerns amid protests over an 11-year-old comment by Ranbir Kapoor. The director of the film, Ayan Mukherji, later visited the temple with the Brahmastra crew to “receive the blessings of Lord Shiva”.

Madhya Pradesh’s interior minister, Narottam Mishra, today denied that the star couple had been stopped from visiting the temple, claiming officials had asked them to proceed instead. “No one stopped them from praying, they decided not to go there themselves. The government of Ujjain briefed me on the entire episode. The couple was asked by the government to continue offering prayers. There was enough security, but they decided not to go there. Nobody stopped them,” he said.

The protests concern Ranbir Kapoor who said in 2011 that he likes beef. “I’m a sheep, Pay, beef…red meat dude. I’m a big beef guy,” he had said during an interview.

Members of the Bajrang Dal, which has ties to the state’s ruling BJP as part of the Sangh Parivar, gathered at the temple to protest the comment, which has been circulating on social media. They held black flags and placards and shouted slogans at the movie star.

Police came in to disperse the protesters and some were even beaten up.

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“Due to VIP movements at the temple, we took security calls and the protesters were asked to stay behind the barricade, a member of Bajrang Dal came and started breaking through the security forcing us to take the following security calls,” said OP Mishra, a police officer .

Some social media users have been sorting out Ranbir Kapoor’s old interviews and this comment has caused a huge backlash. Posts have appeared on Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottBrahmastra.

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi condemned the protests and targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her position.

Ms Chaturvedi shared a viral photo of Bollywood actors with PM Modi, and Ms Chaturvedi wrote: “None of these photos will help if you continue to be silent onlookers to hate and believe that it is not your business to talk about politics. They will come after you anyway The protests in the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain are a good example of that. It’s a shame that political prejudice leads to such ugliness.”

The long-awaited Brahmastra trilogy hits theaters on Friday.

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