Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the first home-grown casualty of the ongoing MSN agitation.
The Freaky Ali star has pulled out of a Ramleela programme at his native place in Budhana due to opposition by right-wing activists, police said today.
Poor Nawazuddin! Only a few days ago he was tending to mustard crop of his farm on a tractor, gushing over his interactions with the villagers!
The Ramlila program featuring Nawazuddin has been cancelled following opposition by some Hindu activists, SP (rural) Rakesh Jolly said.
The organisers had to cancel the programme after the activists approached them and expressed their displeasure over Nawazuddin’s participation, he added.
The actor, known for his critically-acclaimed performances in many Hindi blockbusters, however, has not lost hope and promised his fans that he will return next year. “My childhood dream could not come true, but will definitely be a part of Ramleela next year”.
Some members of the Shiv Sena said they were against “a Muslim actor going on stage in a Ramlila”, a theatre festival based on the Hindu religious epic Ramayana and performed across India.
“In the 50-60 year history of the Budhana Ramlila, no Muslim artist has set foot on the stage. We couldn’t allow that now. It’s about tradition,” Shiv Sena member Mukesh Sharma told the media.
Siddiqui has said however, that he is confident of performing in the Ramlila next year. – CINEWS