After targeting director Karan Johar for calling the city ‘Bombay’ in one of his films, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday issued a veiled threat to Censor Board chairperson Sharmila Tagore, for passing films which call the city by its former name.
Raj wrote to Tagore, saying that she, and not the director of the movie, will be held responsible if a movie calling the city ‘Bombay’ is given a nod by the board. The letter said, “The city’s name was officially changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1996. Every organisation, like the civic body and the development body ensured that they made changes in their names. Despite all this, many films continue to call the city Bombay.”
Raj said the onus of any ‘reactions’ to hearing the city being called by its former name, lay on Tagore. “I am writing this letter to you to tell you that hence forth you shall be held responsible for the consequences of a film not calling the city Mumbai.”
An MNS official said Tagore was away and the letter was handed over to officials at the Censor board’s office.