After the Hindu radical organisations, the office-bearers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now are out on the streets in protests against Aamir Khan movie “PK”.
A beginning was made on Thursday in the city of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar here. His confidant Jagmohan Anand, co-spokesman of the state BJP unit, and party district vice-president Deepak Dhawan were out in the front raising slogans against the film’s cast and crew. The two leaders also participated in burning the effigy of the filmmakers at Committee Chowk, even though it remained a photo opportunity.
Nearly a dozen men claiming to be members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal gathered at the busy roundabout holding a promotional poster of the movie to smear and burn.
At Super Mall in Sector 12, 4 kilometres away, the film show went on in a multiplex. At a camp nearby, the BJP enrollment campaign was on. The small crowd of protesters included a few children and onlookers from the market area.
Chandra Vir Bhatia, who claims to be VHP district secretary, said the film hurt the Hindu sentiments. “The VHP will protest even if a film tries to make fun of any other religion, including Islam. Filmmakers should respect all religions,” he said, claiming that the Super Mall management had not run a show since Wednesday. The management said all shows till Thursday evening had run as scheduled. Police have come in two buses to secure the multiplex that is next to the mini secretariat.
A cross section of the local residents whom HT had a chat with lamented the protest against the film. “It is a regular entertaining film, and the objection is blown out of proportion. The film has an element of sarcasm against rituals across society but it will be unfair to say that it makes fun of any community,” said a Hindu bank employee from the city.