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2021-06-25T13:20:12+05:30

Serpents Are Out For Cobra

Mithun Chakraborty joined the BJP at a massive rally in Calcutta on March 7, ahead of this summer’s state elections. It was quite an entry/spectacle, with a silver screen star spouting punch lines that left seasoned oratory ninjas speechless—“Marbo ekhaney...lash porbay shoshaney (I will thrash you here, your body will land at the crematorium),” from his 2006 hit MLA Fatakeshto, and “Aami ekta cobra, ek chobolei chhobi (I am a cobra. One strike and you will become a photo)”. Bollywood’s undisputed Dada instantly became “Mithun Cobra-borty”. But the BJP lost, Bengal coursed through post-poll violence, and someone reported to police that the actor incited the bloodbath through his incendiary speeches. The case has reached Calcutta HC and Mithun wants it quashed, saying the filmy utterances were for recreational purposes. We thought as...

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