Saturday, November 15, 2008
Producer-director Mahesh Bhatt and Producer-actor of 'Deshdrohi', Kamaal R Khan interact with media during the special screening of the film in Mumbai. It seems the MNS violence would certainly affect free speech in Maharashtra. After banning 'Deshdrohi' which was based on north Indian migrants, Maharashtra government is now reportedly considering a ban on a Marathi play that shows how Marathis are being affected by rising influx of migrants in a tit for tat measure. The Malvani play 'Bhaiyya Hat Pay Pasri' (Bhaiyya Spreads His Tentacles) is directed by late Marathi actor Machhindra Kambli. Producer of the play Prasad Kambli argues that his play "has been unnecessarily dragged into controversy. It has already been staged 255 times across the state and so far, there have been no law and order issues." In fact, many political parties, including Congress, Shiv Sena, BJP and MNS organised staging of the play much before the anti-north Indian controversy started, he maintains.