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Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt denied temple entry over Kapoor’s 11-year-old interview about eating beef

Ticket sales for their upcoming movie through the roof even though some seers support Bajrang Dal, VHP for stopping them

Sabrangindia 08 Sep 2022

Ranbir Alia

On Tuesday, actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were barred from entering the Mahakal temple in Ujjain after a large number of members of Bajrang Dal, and some reportedly even from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), gathered at the temple. The right-wing groups protested their presence at the temple and demanded that the couple not be permitted to offer prayers as Kapoor had claimed he was a beef eater and thus hurt sentiments of Hindus.

The crowd was chanting “Jai Shri Ram” and carrying placards that read, “Maas khaane waalon ko, joote maaro s**lon ko (Beat up meat eaters with shoes).” At one point, police had to conduct a mild lathi charge and physically remove some protesters who got too close to the couple’s car.

The couple who got married recently and are expecting their first child, had gone to the temple to seek blessings for their upcoming movie Brahmastra. They were reportedly denied entry due to Kapoor’s previous remarks about eating non vegetarian food including beef.

The controversy surrounds an interview Kapoor had given 11-years-ago to a TV channel, where he had said, “I am a mutton, paya, beef...red meat guy. I'm a big beef guy.”

Mahesh Pujari, a priest in the Mahakal temple told Times Now, “They had hurt the sentiments of Hindus on the subject of eating beef. Nobody is barred from coming to a temple, but since Hindus regard cows as our mother, the comments hurt sentiments. That is why Bajrang Dal protested.”

Now, Times of India reports that Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti (ABSS) general secretary Swami Jitendra Saraswati has hailed the Bajrang Dal and VHP for stopping the actor couple. “VHP and Bajrang Dal did a good job stopping ‘beef-eater’ Ranbir and Alia from entering the temple of the followers of Sanatan Dharma,” the publication quoted him as saying.

The right-wing trolls have been active on social media as well, with #Urduwood and #BoycottBrahmastra trending on Twitter. Many of them also posted images of scenes from Kapoor’s movies that they deem objectionable to Hindus.

 

 

And liberal voices on social media had this to say:

 

 

Meanwhile, the movie Brahmastra has garnered record ticket sales for its opening weekend.

 

 

 

Related:

The Kashmir Files: Calls for Muslim genocide ring out in cinema halls, hate brews outside

Hate Watch: Actor Sara Ali Khan trolled for visit Kedarnath temple

 

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt denied temple entry over Kapoor’s 11-year-old interview about eating beef

Ticket sales for their upcoming movie through the roof even though some seers support Bajrang Dal, VHP for stopping them

Ranbir Alia

On Tuesday, actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were barred from entering the Mahakal temple in Ujjain after a large number of members of Bajrang Dal, and some reportedly even from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), gathered at the temple. The right-wing groups protested their presence at the temple and demanded that the couple not be permitted to offer prayers as Kapoor had claimed he was a beef eater and thus hurt sentiments of Hindus.

The crowd was chanting “Jai Shri Ram” and carrying placards that read, “Maas khaane waalon ko, joote maaro s**lon ko (Beat up meat eaters with shoes).” At one point, police had to conduct a mild lathi charge and physically remove some protesters who got too close to the couple’s car.

The couple who got married recently and are expecting their first child, had gone to the temple to seek blessings for their upcoming movie Brahmastra. They were reportedly denied entry due to Kapoor’s previous remarks about eating non vegetarian food including beef.

The controversy surrounds an interview Kapoor had given 11-years-ago to a TV channel, where he had said, “I am a mutton, paya, beef...red meat guy. I'm a big beef guy.”

Mahesh Pujari, a priest in the Mahakal temple told Times Now, “They had hurt the sentiments of Hindus on the subject of eating beef. Nobody is barred from coming to a temple, but since Hindus regard cows as our mother, the comments hurt sentiments. That is why Bajrang Dal protested.”

Now, Times of India reports that Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti (ABSS) general secretary Swami Jitendra Saraswati has hailed the Bajrang Dal and VHP for stopping the actor couple. “VHP and Bajrang Dal did a good job stopping ‘beef-eater’ Ranbir and Alia from entering the temple of the followers of Sanatan Dharma,” the publication quoted him as saying.

The right-wing trolls have been active on social media as well, with #Urduwood and #BoycottBrahmastra trending on Twitter. Many of them also posted images of scenes from Kapoor’s movies that they deem objectionable to Hindus.

 

 

And liberal voices on social media had this to say:

 

 

Meanwhile, the movie Brahmastra has garnered record ticket sales for its opening weekend.

 

 

 

Related:

The Kashmir Files: Calls for Muslim genocide ring out in cinema halls, hate brews outside

Hate Watch: Actor Sara Ali Khan trolled for visit Kedarnath temple

 

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