Members of some Hindu organisations entered into a scuffle with security men at Pavilion Mall at Old Session Chowk here during their protest against the Bollywood flick ‘Mastizaade’ on Wednesday afternoon. The members were trying to enter the mall. Meanwhile, heavy police force was deployed at the spot. The police pacified the protestors and the show of the movie - which stars adult entertainer-turned-Bollywood actor Sunny Leone, was cancelled.
A sex comedy, the movie is directed by Milap Zaveri and produced by Pritish Nandy among others. It stars Leone in a dual role while Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das are in the other in lead roles. Riteish Deshmukh too appears in a cameo
Varun Mehta, president of a body named Hindu Takhat, said that they have objection over some scenes in the film, in which a man and woman were shown in “indecent gestures” in temple and that was “intolerable”. “It hurt the sentiments of the Hindus,” he said.
Members of a body named Hindu Suraksha Samiti also reached the spot where the movie was being shown and staged protest. They tried to enter the mall, but the security men did not allow that and they got into a mild scuffle. Meanwhile, the police were called. Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal reached the spot with police force and intervened. The ACP pacified the protesters following which the show was cancelled.
The Hindu organisations also demanded a criminal case against the producer, director and actors of the movie for hurting sentiments.The others who took part in the protest were Hindu Suraksha Samiti Punjab convener Bubby Tank, president Deepak Bhardwaj, Deepak Sachdeva, Chirag Thapar, Rajat Bhardwaj, Vipan Karwal, Chand Mal, Ram Kumar, Sunny Sahota.
This is not the first time Sunny has run into some trouble in Ludhiana. In September last, the police had talked of summoning her and a condom manufacturing company over a TV commercial following a complaint of an NGO Raksha Jyoti Foundation.
The NGO alleged that the TV commercial of a condom manufacturing company in which Sunny Leone is endorsing the brand is vulgar. The NGO has filed a criminal complaint which never turned into an FIR. The matter has since died down.