Shiv Sena workers staged noisy protests outside author Shobhaa De’s Mumbai residence on Thursday and the party hit out at her in its mouthpiece, Saamana, after she tweeted against the Maharashtra government’s decision this week to direct multiplexes to screen Marathi films in prime time slots.
De, however, remained unfazed and said she saw no need to apologise to anyone and described the Sena demonstration as an attempt to intimidate her.
Police barricades are up ! I am feeling perfectly calm and safe ! Thank you, Mumbai Police.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
Well done, Mumbai Police. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/Zt6WJL2Zqy— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
The protesters carrying banners as well as trays laden with traditional Maharashtrian snacks like vada-pav and misal raised slogans against De and condemned her comments.
The Sena had on Wednesday sought to move a breach of privilege motion against the novelist, taking objection to her tweets.
De, reacting to Maharshtra government's controversial move to make it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Marathi films in the prime time slot, had earlier tweeted: "I love Marathi movies. Let me decide when and where to watch them, Devendra Fadnavis. This is nothing but Dadagiri."
I love Marathi movies. Let me decide when and where to watch them, Devendra Fadnavis. This is nothing but Dadagiri.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 7, 2015
No more pop corn at multiplexes in Mumbai? Dahi misal and vada pav only. To go better with the Marathi movies at prime time .— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 7, 2015
Taking a jibe at her, the Saamana editorial said had it not been for the “dadagiri”, or high-handedness, of leaders like Shivaji and Sena chief Bal Thackeray, “all of Shobhaa aunty’s previous and current generations would have been born in Pakistan and would have attended Page 3 parties in a burkha.”
The BJP-Sena government this week asked multiplexes across the state to screen Marathi movies in the prime time 6-9 pm slot.