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Pak artistes in Bigg Boss house, Sena stops shoot

The Shiv Sena and MNS today threatened to stall the run of the hit reality TV show Bigg Boss, protesting the inclusion of Pakistani artistes in the fourth season hosted by superstar Salman Khan. Read on for details.

tv Updated: Oct 06, 2010 00:19 IST
Satyajit Joshi

Shiv Sena activists have struck again. This time it’s the fourth season of the controversial reality show Bigg Boss facing their wrath.

On Tuesday, the party activist forcibly stopped shooting of the show for more than an hour at a private bungalow in Lonawala, a popular hill station on Mumbai-Pune national highway, after a scuffle with private security guards. The police, however, later detained 30 of the activists.

The Sena activists were condemning the participation of two Pakistani artistes — Veena Malik and Begum Nawazish Ali — in the show.

The incident took place hours after Sena supremo Bal Thackeray said in a strongly worded statement, “Come what may, we will not allow the show. Don’t issue law and order (disruption) threats to us. Shiv Sena will disrupt the TV show.”

A group of the saffron brigade, led by Pune district chief Machhindra Kharade, stormed the bungalow, where shooting of Bigg Boss is in progress. Despite police and private security near the bungalow, the activists sainiks managed to get inside.

According to eyewitnesses, security guards and sainiks clashed in the bungalow premises but sainiks managed to overpower them. Parts of the bungalow premises were heavily damaged in the scuffle. Officials of Colors channel tried to pacify the activists, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

Additional police force was rushed to the spot and the activists stopped after officials stopped the show’s shooting.

Lonawala PI Balrak Lanjile told Hindustan Times that as many as 30 activists had been detained and the situation was under control.

Additional police force was deployed around the bungalow after the incident.

Kharade, who was also detained said, “For us it is aadesh (orders) by Balasaheb. Whatever the government stand may be. We have nothing to do with it. We will not allow any Pakistani artiste to perform on Indian channels.”