Shiv Sena continues protest against ‘Bigg Boss 4’

Published: October 11, 2010

The Indian political party Shiv Sena is continuing to protest against the filming of “Bigg Boss 4” in Lonavala, a hill station in the state of Maharashtra.

The party’s complaint with the show is the inclusion of two Pakistani celebrities —Veena Malik and Ali Saleem.

According to IANS, a Shiv Sena-sponsored shutdown was restricted to the city, where the show is being shot. The party’s spokesperson and legislator Neelam Gorhe said that despite demands by the party, Colors TV (which produces and broadcasts the show) has not removed Malik and Saleem.

Gorhe told IANS, “Even the Pune district collector has served a show-cause notice to Colors, asking why the show should not be stopped since it is creating law and order issues in the famous hill station.”

She said party workers would stage demonstrations in the town and take out a procession to the “Bigg Boss” house, which is located on the outskirts of Lonavala.

Last Tuesday, Shiv Sena activists reached the house and beat up security guards. Later on in the week, activists managed to enter the premises by jumping over barricades. According to the Hindustan Times, two Lok Sabha (parliament) members were allowed to enter the house and speak to representatives from Colors TV, who informed them that they did not have the authority to shut down filming. Fifty party workers were detained by the police and released later.

The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has also condemned the inclusion of Pakistani actors and demanded that Colors evict them from the show.

Shiv Sena and MNS have protested against Pakistanis working in India before. After the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008, MNS protested against comedian Shakeel Siddiqui working in India. MNS entertainment cell president Amey Khopkar said at the time, “We got to know that Shakeel was on the ‘Chinchpokli to China’ set so we decided to raid the place. We took him out of the set and told the producers not to hire any Pakistanis. We will not even allow films starring Pakistani actors or singers to be released in Maharashtra.”

Party activists also burned CDs of musician Ghulam Ali.

Shiv Sena has also protested against the inclusion of Pakistani children in the musical talent show “Chhote Ustaad”, which was being aired by the Star TV network.

Earlier this year, Shiv Sena protested against Shah Rukh Khan for comments he made about the exclusion of Pakistani cricketers from the Indian Premier League. As a result of the protests, the release of his film My Name is Khan was affected in Mumbai as cinemas chose to shut down instead of releasing the film and facing the Sena’s ire.

The Bharatiya Janata Party recently lashed out at actor Salman Khan for comments he made about the 26/11 attacks in an interview with Express 24/7.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Mirza Abeer
    Oct 12, 2010 - 12:34AM

    What a bunch of asses!Recommend

  • Zeenat Bukhari
    Oct 12, 2010 - 1:03AM

    Well we have our crazies in Pakistan… India they can also boast of their crazies ! The best tonic to cure the heads like that is have more television shows and cultural exchanges between the two countries. The joy of a free democratic world is to be able to protest; its only when protest gets violent and innocent people are hurt in the process then it tends to be a pain in the butt and others of more fairer minds need to counter protest.Recommend

  • irfan
    Oct 12, 2010 - 2:37AM

    They are lucky…in pakistan ,we have ppl who are ready to kill ppl..they kick bodyguards at most..Recommend

  • SA
    Oct 12, 2010 - 9:21AM

    In pakistan we have people who have “more opportunities” to kill people due to absence of law! Indians have much better security measures than we have here! Otherwise scores of politicians would have gone under the earth :)Recommend

  • SA
    Oct 12, 2010 - 9:27AM

    By politicians, I have meant pakistani politicians not indians. What I have meant to say is that its not just about being ready to kill, its about having the opportunity. Influential people are less likely to be killed as they have ample security though in public opinion they are the ones who deserve to be killed lolz!!Recommend

  • Jai(India)
    Oct 12, 2010 - 12:53PM

    I hope they shift the location to some other city in another state and continue the shooting. Indian public has no objection to Pakistani people, they in fact welcome them. Veena and Ali’s
    presence has made the show more popular.. otherwise who would want to watch a bunch of Indian TV stars fighting and flirting amongst themselves.

    The media and glamour world got established in Mumbai by the sheer hard work of people from all parts of India. Shiv Sena and MNS like to exhort these industries to keep their coffers full. Wish Bollywood would move out of Bombay and Maharashtra and then let’s see how shivsena and MNS can run their agendasRecommend

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