Shiv Sena protests Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Ram Leela performance; cites torture charges against actor?

FP Staff

Oct,06 2016 13:30:31 IST

Muzaffarnagar: A Ram Leela programme featuring actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been cancelled following opposition by a political group in Muzaffarnagar, police said on Thursday, 6 October.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Image from News 18

Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Image from News 18

The actor had been called upon to play the role of Maricha in the programme that was held in his hometown. Maricha is a demon who takes on the form of a deer to lure Ram away from his cottage, so that Ravan cam abduct Sita in her husband's absence.

The Ram Leela programme featuring Nawazuddin at Budhana town was cancelled over opposition by activists, SP (rural) Rakesh Jolly said. ABP News said the activists in question were from the Shiv Sena.

The organisers had to cancel the programme after the activists approached them and expressed their displeasure over Nawazuddin's participation, Jolly added.

ABP reported that the opposition was due to charges of harassment and torture against Nawaz that were recently filed by his sister-in-law. The woman, who wed Nawaz's younger brother Minazuddin this May, alleged that she had been physically tortured by the family for dowry.

However, Nawaz had denied the allegations and said his sister-in-law was influenced by her uncle and had made up the story "for publicity".

— With PTI inputs

Updated Date: Oct 06, 2016 13:38 PM