Two days before Brahmastra, the biggest release of the year, hits the screens, stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have faced protests during their promotional tour in Madhya Pradesh. The couple had to cancel their visit to an iconic temple because protesters held up black flags and put up slogans to block them.
The star couple, who were in Ujjain on Tuesday to promote “Brahmastra Part-1: Shiva”, returned without visiting the famous Mahakaleshwar temple “to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva”.
There were safety concerns for the couple, who are expecting a baby. The director of the film, Ayan Mukherji, later visited the temple with the Brahmastra crew.
The protests revolve around an 11-year-old comment by Ranbir Kapoor, 39. “I’m a sheep, paya, beef … red meat man. I’m a big beef guy,” he had said during an interview that was held. a meal.
Some of the social media users have dug up Ranbir Kapoor’s old interviews after his recent comments about his wife Alia’s pregnancy were criticized. The comment “beef” has gone viral and sparked a backlash. Some post the hashtag #BoycottBrahmastra on Twitter.
Brahmastra is the latest to face “ban” calls after films like Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chadha, Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan and Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger.
Ayan Mukherjee said his film represents positivity and hoped the “positive energy” would touch people.
He claimed that Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were “excited” to visit Mahakaleshwar with him, but the protests gave them a break.
“We reached and we heard about this and I felt a little bit that let me go alone. In the end I had gone to seek blessings. And I just didn’t want to take Alia there in her current state. So I went alone. Although I felt bad and I felt they could have come for their darshan too, that’s my fault,” said Ayan Mukherjee.
“My thing is we just need to spread warmth and positivity because that’s what we all want and that’s what the whole world needs. And I really think we’ve worked so hard on the film, there’s so much celebration of the Indian culture. I feel that everyone will feel that positivity,” he said.
Not Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra, who seemed critical of Ranbir Kapoor’s comments when he said, “Actors should refrain from using words that offend people’s feelings.”
The minister 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 couple was requested by the administration to continue offering prayers. There was adequate security, but they decided not to go there. Nobody stopped them,” he said.
Members of the Bajrang Dal, which has ties to the state’s ruling BJP as part of the Sangh Parivar, held black flags and placards and shouted slogans at the movie star. They also clashed with the police. Videos showed police using walking sticks to disperse protesters.
“Due to the VIP movements in 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,” said OP Mishra, a police officer.
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi condemned the protests.
Ms Chaturvedi shared a viral photo of Bollywood actors with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writing: “None of these pictures 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 Mahakaleshwar temple protests in Ujjain are a good example. It’s a shame that political prejudice leads to such ugliness.”
The highly anticipated Brahmastra trilogy, made on a budget of Rs 400 crore, is set to debut in cinemas on Friday.
“…I had released my movie a month and a half ago called Shamshera. I didn’t feel any negativity. The movie didn’t hit the box office probably because the audience didn’t like the movie. Ultimately it’s about the content,” Ranbir Kapoor said during a promotional interaction of Brahmastra.
“If you give a good movie, give good content, if people feel entertained, of course who wouldn’t want to go to the movies, to the cinema, experience a different emotion, be touched by a character, be entertained, have a great laugh, cry , feel something? We all want to feel that. And just for that. If a movie doesn’t do well, it’s not for any other reason, except that the content didn’t work,” says the actor. said.