A day after the police foiled gangster Ravi Pujari’s plan to attack him, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said he isn’t surprised by the development.
“This is not the first time this is happening to me. It has happened earlier, back in 2006, when they fired at my office door. It was the time when it dawned upon the industry that we are vulnerable, as an industry and individuals. Urban terrorism and organised crime is a reality,” said Bhatt.
On the reason why he was being targeted, he said, “It is obvious. It is because I am a forthright and vociferous person. I don’t mince my words, just say them as they are.”
Bhatt admitted he was worried about his family. “When you are targeted, they put pressure on you and your family, but these answers are to be given to you by the police. They brought this to my notice that there was a conspiracy being hatched to kill me and cause harm to me. They prescribed certain dos and don’ts, and I will adhere to their advice. My family will do the same.”
The police have now beefed up his security. “Security guards have been planted at my home and workplace. Policemen will travel with me in my car. Security has been given to my brother and my son. The police acted with certain urgency and have taken charge of the situation. The police have assured me the module, which was motivated to do this deed, has been neutralised. They want to take adequate precautions to prevent such an incident.”