As her flight landed in Mumbai on Wednesday, all the eyes were set on Kangana Ranaut as she returned to the city after issuing controversial statements on Mumbai and a battle of words with Shiv Sena.
From the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolishing her Mumbai office to Kangana Ranaut hitting out at Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray – here’s a timeline of the controversy.
Kangana Ranaut comments on Mumbai and PoK
It all started with the death of the 34-year-old actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Kangana Ranaut posted on Twitter that she was feeling unsafe after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and stated that Mumbai felt like Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The tweet said:
Sanjay Raut’s response to Kangana’s remark
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had called Kangana Ranaut “haramkhor ladki” in an interview, for her statements. Reacting to his comment, Kangana posted a tweet saying, “In 2008 Movie Mafia declared me a Psycho, in 2016 they called me a Witch and Stalker in 2020 Maharashtra Minister publicity gave me the title of Haramkhor Ladki, because I said after a murder I feel unsafe in Mumbai, where are INTOLERANCE debate warriors?”
Kangana had also announced on social media that she would be arriving in Mumbai on September 9.
Ranaut had recently said that she feared Mumbai Police more than the “movie mafia”, and would prefer security either from Himachal Pradesh or the Centre.
Due to this ongoing controversy, Kangana was also given Y-plus security by the Centre.
BMC’s demolition drive at Kanganas office in Bandra
Amid this controversy, Shiv Sena led BMC paid a surprise visit to Kangana’s production house – Manikarnika Films office in Bandra, issued her a notice for illegal construction.
On Wednesday, BMC carried out a demolition drive on her office. However, the Bombay High Court issued a stay on BMC’s move later.
In her tweets, Kangana compared her office space to the Ram Mandir and had shared, “The first film in Manikarnika films, Ayodhya was announced, it is not a building for me but Ram temple itself, today Babur has come there, today history will repeat itself Ram temple will be broken again but remember Babur this temple will be built again, this temple will be built again, Jai Shri Ram, Jai Shri Ram, Jai Shri Ram.”
Kangana’s arrival at Mumbai
When she landed at the airport, Shiv Sena activists had organised a protest against her, waving saffron and black flags, displaying placards with messages condemning the actress’s remarks, and shouting slogans against her.
A few from the Republican Party of India and Karni Sena had gathered in support of her, according to the sources.
The protests went on for 40-45 minutes and the crowd dispersed after realising that Kangana has already exited from the airport.
Union Minister Ramdas Athavale had announced that his RPI workers would provide her security during her stay in Mumbai.
Kangana’s response to the demolition drive
Her tweets kept pouring throughout the day. Kangana accused the BMC for not following any due process in its actions of vandalising her home and destroying her furniture.
“Paid sources of Maha Government are spreading fake info, BMC never sent me any notice until yesterday, in fact I got all the documents cleared myself from BMC for renovations. @mybmc at least have the courage to stand by your audacity. Why lie now?” she tweeted.
Kangana Ranaut posted a series of videos on Twitter, showcasing the damage done by BMC’s demolition at her Bandra property.
She also took to Twitter to share a clip addressing Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, wherein Kangana stated, “My home was demolished today, your ego will be destroyed tomorrow. This is the wheel of time, remember, it never stays the same. You have done a favour to me. I knew what Kashmiri Pandits had gone through but today I felt it too. I vow to this country that I will make a film not only on Ayodhya but also Kashmir.”