Updated: October 25, 2021 12:41:45 pm
Film director Prakash Jha was smeared with ink by Bajrang Dal activists in Bhopal on Sunday, who objected to the name of his web series Aashram, alleging an “assault” on Hinduism.
The incident occurred when Jha was shooting scenes for the third season of the series, which stars Bobby Deol, in Bhopal’s old jail premises. In a video of the incident that emerged on social media, Bajrang Dal activists can be seen vandalising the set and assaulting a crew member.
Police said the activists also smeared ink on Jha and broke the windshield of at least three buses before they intervened and got the situation under control.
Bhopal DIG Irshad Wali said no FIR has been registered and no complaint was made by Jha or the crew member who was assaulted. “We are identifying those involved based on the videos available and action will be taken against all those involved,” said Wali.
Officials said four people have been detained in the incident.
Sushil Sudele, VHP convenor for central India, said, “Madhya Pradesh government has given them permission to shoot with a view to promote tourism but they were not granted permission to defame the Hindu religion. We have been assured that the title of the web series will be changed and based on it we will review our stand.”
He added, “Bobby Deol should learn from his brother Sunny Deol, who has made such patriotic movies.”
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