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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor avoid entering Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain after protests erupt over her decade-old beef comment

Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were unable to enter the Mahakaleshwar temple for the Sandhya Aarti after Hindu groups staged protests outside the Ujjain temple against their upcoming film. brahmastra. Director Ayan Mukerji, however, entered the temple’s inner sanctum; he also took to social media to post a photo of himself at the temple. The fantasy drama has been targeted for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments. The film’s plot borrows heavily from Hindu mythology, and the cast and crew repeatedly said they wanted to honor Indian culture through the film.

According to multiple reports, members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal protested outside the Mahakaleshwar temple after Ranbir’s earlier comments about eating beef resurfaced online. The protests were brought under control by the police. “We will not allow them to worship at the holy temple of Mahakaleshwar because a few days ago Ranbir said he likes to eat mutton, chicken and beef in non-vegetarian foods,” the chef said. Bajrang Dal, Ankit Choube, quoted by journalists. on the spot, according to a News18 report.

Earlier today, in an Instagram video, Alia said she was on her way to Ujjain to offer prayers at Mahakaleshwar Temple, along with Ranbir and Ayan. Photos of the two actors, wearing traditional clothing, have also been shared online. In his Instagram post, Ayan wrote, “I feel very happy and energized to have visited Mahakaleshwar temple today…I had the most beautiful darshan…I wanted to take this visit to close the cinematic journey on Brahmāstra and to get all the positive energy and blessings for our Liberation.

Footage from the location showed police forcefully dispersing the crowd. Another video showed Ayan doing prayers inside the temple. “Since Alia Bhatt became pregnant, she decided not to go to the temple amidst the heckling. Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor returned to Indore without darshan. From Indore they will take a flight to Mumbai,” Ashish Singh, the Ujjain collector, told NDTV. To the assembled press, Ayan expressed his gratitude for being able to give the “darshan”, but declined to comment on the protests.

Brahmastra has been the target of trolls and extremists for weeks, as have several other big-ticket Bollywood movies released this year. But unlike those movies, the fantasy drama reportedly got off to a strong start at the box office, selling the second-highest number of advance tickets this year. The film, reportedly produced on a record budget of Rs 410 crorealso stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarjuna Akkineni and others, and is set to launch a trilogy.