Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has decided to lodge a complaint against BJP's youth wing after the latter threatened filmmakers and television channels against casting Kannada actress Maria Monica Susairaj, who was convicted for the murder of a television executive.
"Am on my way to oshiwara police station to lodge a complaint against Bjp yuva morcha president for threatening me with dire consequences (sic)," the director posted on the microblogging site Twitter.
After filing the complaint, he tweeted, "Just lodged a complaint with the versova police against the BJP yuva morchas threat to me on the maria susairaj issue."
The Mumbai units of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had reacted following reports that filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma wanted to hire Maria for his next film and that Susairaj could be invited to join the next season of Bigg Boss.
Colors channel, which airs 'Bigg Boss', has denied this.
Mumbai BJP youth wing general secretary Amit Satam had warned filmmakers and TV channels against casting Susairaj in any of their ventures.
Shiv Sena's Bharatiya Chitrapat Sena chief Abhijit Panse had said Ram Gopal Verma was indulging in "publicity stunts" by offering a role to Susairaj.
He even threatened to unleash "Shiv Sena style" opposition in case any filmmaker or TV channel hired Susairaj. Panse said there had been a trend to cast people with shady or criminal backgrounds on TV reality shows.
The MNS Cine Workers Association flayed the alleged moves to invite Susairaj in Bigg Boss.
Its president Amey Khopkar said: "Maria has a criminal background and therefore nobody wants to see her in films or television shows."
He warned that any filmmaker or TV production house hiring her would face the party's wrath.
Last week, former naval officer Emile Jerome Mathew was awarded 10 years in jail after a Mumbai court found him guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the killing of Neeraj Grover.
His fiancee Susairaj was given a three year jail term for destroying evidence. A struggling actress, she walked out free from jail two days ago as she has already served the sentence as an undertrial.
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