Kangana Ranaut, Maharashtra government in open war of words

The Bollywood actor’s scathing attacks on Mumbai police over Sushant Singh Rajput’s death investigation have not gone down well with the leaders and ministers of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra

The Congress leaders alleged Kangana maligned farmers. File photo: ANI/Twitter

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Friday (September 4) that actor Kangana Ranaut has no right to stay in Mumbai if she feels unsafe.

Deshmukh’s comment came after the 33-year-old triggered a controversy by saying the city “felt like Pakistan-occupied Kashmir” and compared the ruling coalition to “Taliban”.

An upset Deshmukh said, “We have seen how the Mumbai Police sacrificed their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not right for an actor to say such things about our police, we condemn it. Mumbai and Maharashtra are secured by the police. If anyone feels unsafe about living in Mumbai or Maharashtra, they don’t have the right to live here.”

Earlier Kangana tweeted: “I see many people are threatening me to not come back to Mumbai so I have now decided to travel to Mumbai this coming week on 9th September, I will post the time when I land at the Mumbai airport, kisi ke baap mein himmat hai toh rok le (Stop me if you dare).”


Responding to Deshmukh’s comment, Kangana said, “He is taking his own calls on my democratic rights, from POK to Taliban in one day.”

The controversy erupted after a war of words started between Kangana Ranaut and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

Raut wrote in the party mouthpiece Saamana, “We kindly request her (Kangana) not to come to Mumbai. This is nothing but an insult to Mumbai Police. The Home Ministry should take action over it.”

To which, Kangana replied: “Sanjay Raut Shiv Sena leader has given me an open threat and asked me not to come back to Mumbai, after Aazadi graffitis in Mumbai streets and now open threats, why Mumbai is feeling like Pakistan occupied Kashmir?”

Kangana Ranaut is a vocal supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP and has been attacking the Shiv Sena government and the police for weeks over the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.