After facing flak for patronising a Bihari film, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) legislator Bala Nandgaonkar on Saturday apologised saying he did so unintentionally to help a Maharashtrian film distributor.
He said that he has ensured the change of the film title to ‘Ek Nahuaa Sarphira’ from ‘Ek Bihari Sau Par Bhari’ which he said was provocative.
“It was a genuine mistake and am sorry if anyone is hurt,” said Nandgaonkar. “The issue is now settled since we have forced the filmmaker to change the provocative title.”
Nandgoankar, who was the only legislator to defect from the Shiv Sena along with Raj Thackeray, had faced criticism from his party when he wrote a letter last month to theatres in the city to screen the Bihari film on priority basis.
Nandgaonkar found himself in an uncomfortable position as during the same time, Thackeray was stressing on his anti-Bihari campaign, going to the extent of threatening their eviction from state by terming them ‘infiltrators’.
Kesarinath Mhatre, the distributor who bought the film for Rs20 lakh, blamed the censor board for the fiasco. “They should not have passed such a title in the first place,” said Mhatre. “I have rectified the mistake and my buying the film was just a business decision.”