Actor Kangana Ranaut on Wednesday (September 9) hit out at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray by asking him what he felt following the demolition of her house, which was halted soon after by the Bombay High Court.
Sticking to the refrain, “Tujeh kya lagta hi? (What do you think?)” she appeared to be making it clear that she was in no mood to be cowed down by threats.
“Uddhav Thackeray, tujhe kya lagta hai? That you colluded along with the film mafia, demolished my home and took revenge on me? My home was demolished today, your arrogance will crumble tomorrow,” NDTV quoted Kangana Ranaut as saying.
“This is the wheel of time, remember, it never stays the same,” Ranaut warned, hours after Mumbai’s civic body BMC demolished “illegal alternations” at the actor’s office in Pali Hills.
“You have done me a favour. I knew what Kashmiri Pandits had gone through but I felt it too today. I vow to this country that I will make a film not only on Ayodhya but also Kashmir,” she asserted.
Ranaut concluded with the following statement, “I knew this would happen to me. This has some meaning. Uddhav Thackeray, this cruelty, this terror, good that this happened to me. Because it means something. Jai hind, jai Maharashtra.”
Her comments came a few days after Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik threatened to “break Kangana’s mouth” if she comes to Mumbai. In a menacing tweet threatening the actor with violence, Sarnaik said, “Sanjay Raut had explained in mild words. If she comes here, our warriors will break her mouth. I urge the Home Minister to file a sedition case against Kangana Ranaut for calling Mumbai, as Pak occupied Kashmir (POK).”
The whole debate began when Ranaut compared Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) recently and said she feared Mumbai Police more than the “movie mafia”. She added that would prefer security either from her home state Himachal Pradesh or the Centre.
Her statement received severe backlash from various political leaders and unions, with Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh saying those who think Maharashtra or Mumbai is not safe for them “have no right to live” in the state.