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Behen Hogi Teri director, producer arrested for hurting religious sentiments

Rajkummar Rao-starrer, Behen Hogi Teri, has run into trouble days before the release, after the actor’s Shiva look didn’t go down well with some.

bollywood Updated: Jun 19, 2017 13:28 IST
Behen Hogi Teri,Rajkummar Rao,Shruti Haasan
Actors Rajkummar Rao and Shruti Haasan in a still from their upcoming film, Behen Hogi Teri.

Director Ajay K Pannalal’s upcoming film, Behen Hogi Teri, a romantic comedy starring Rajkummar Rao and Shruti Haasan has run into fresh trouble after the director, along with the film’s producer, Tony D’souza, got arrested, in Mumbai, on Thursday.

It all started after a poster featuring actor Rajkummar Rao, in Lord Shiva’s get-up, was released online on April 4, 2017. In the poster, the actor was seen dressed up as the deity, and seated on a silver motorbike with a UP number plate.

According to a source close to the film’s production team, the producer, who has helmed films such as Blue (2009) and Boss (2013), was arrested for hurting religious sentiments. The source confirmed the arrest and said that the lawyer would give an official statement soon. “The Police had come from Jalandhar to Mumbai with the arrest warrant for the director [Ajay K Pannalal] and the producer [Tony D’souza]. Both of them were taken for medical examination and were taken into custody. They have not been granted bail,” informs the source.

When we contacted Versova Police Station, Mumbai, they denied any such arrest. “As of now, there is no entry in our register, so we cannot say anything. Only when our senior officer comes, we can confirm,” says an official.

Explaining the look, Rajkummar had said in an earlier interview, “My character Gattu works in this Jagran Mandali owned by Shruti’s (Hassan) character’s family in the film, and Gattu plays Shiva in it.”

The film is slated to release on June 9, 2017.

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First Published: May 25, 2017 19:54 IST