Workers from Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Tuesday swooped in on a set of an Amitabh Bachchan film, Bbuddah to protest against illegal foreign artistes working on the set.
Accompanied by police personnel, activists of MNS’s cine workers’ association stalled the shooting of the film, taking place at India United Mills-No 5 at Shivaji Park.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Ameya Khopkar, secretary of the association, said, “We found 45 foreign girls either with expired permits or on tourist visas, illegally working on the set. Since Amitabh Bachchan heads the company, we want police action against him.”
Bbuddah is being produced by Bachchan, under the banner of Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL). Bachchan, who was said to be present at the set, left the scene.
The Mumbai police said that they are investigating the case. Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Region), Vineet Agarwal said, “We are checking the paperwork of the foreigners who were part of the film crew. If they do not have a valid permit or their visa has expired, a case will be registered against them.”
Bachchan has regularly been on Raj Thackeray’s radar. Thackeray had previously attacked him for opening a girl’s school at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, and for being the brand ambassador of that sate.
In a film music release function, Jaya Bachchan allegedly refused to speak Marathi, Raj threatened to stop the release of any film featuring the Bachchan family. The matter was sorted out after Amitabh apologised.