Brahmastra is only two days away from the release and the anticipation is through the roof. Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, director Ayan Mukerji and the producers have left no stone unturned to promote the film. While there has been some boycott calls for the film, the advance bookings are showing a positive trend. Amidst this, the lead actors and the director stepped out on Tuesday to visit Mahakal temple in Ujjain but were stopped by Bajrang Dal members. Videos of the police charging the protesters went viral on social media.
Brahmastra: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Ayan Mukerji stopped by Bajrang Dal from entering Ujjain temple; police charge protesters
Ujjain CSP Om Prakash Mishra told ANI that the protesters had begun to fight with police officers. “We were making arrangements as some VIPs were about to visit Mahakaleshwar temple. During which some people started gathering here to protest against them. One of the protestors started fighting with police officers,” Mishra said. Police said action has been taken against the protests under section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code.
In a video, a Bajrang Dal member said that they won’t let them enter the temple. “We are protesting against Ranbir Kapoor and won’t let him enter the Mahakal temple. He made derogatory statements against our gaumata. He had said eating beef is good,” he said.
The statement in question was by Ranbir Kapoor made in 2011 during Rockstar promotions. An old video resurfaced during the promotions of Brahmastra in which Kapoor said that he loved eating beef. “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,” he said.
Meanwhile, S.S Rajamouli presents Brahmāstra – Part One: Shiva in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Produced by Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Prime Focus and Starlight Pictures, the magnum opus will release theatrically on September 9 across 5 Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada with a stellar ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna Akkineni.
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