Actress Kangana Ranaut has entered into a full “Manikarnika mode” as she knocks down on the ruling Shiva Sena. The latest ugly spat of Kangana with the Maharashtra government has grabbed many eyeballs. The clashes of tweets and statements led to Kangana’s production office’s demolition in Bandra by the BMC. Look at how the series of events turned into a political dispensation in the state and personal loss for Kangana Ranaut.
Given the current tensions in Bollywood, the image of the industry is getting worse day by day. Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on June 14 came as a big blow. Since then, it has kicked up massive controversies drawing the public’s attention towards issues like mental health, nepotism, Bollywood mafias, and drug cartels. One famous figure who has fearlessly taken stands on all these topics is Kangana Ranaut. The “Queen” of the industry has never minced her words.
The recent row between Kangana and the Maharashtra government started after she commented about Mumbai and its police. The actress claimed that Mumbai felt like Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and she feared living here. She had also slammed the Mumbai police for their laid-back approach of handling the actor SSR’s death case. The comments snowballed into words of war with the government.
Kangana had tagged the report in her tweet where Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut openly threatened and asked her not to return to Mumbai. She was then staying in her hometown in Himachal Pradesh. In an interview called Kangana “Haaramkhor Ladki, ” Sanjay Raut hit back at her,” for her unhinged statements. Reacting to the same, she posted her concern for his disrespectful remarks. Many contemporaries had come out in Kangana’s support, including actress Dia Mirza. She asserted that Sanjay Raut must “apologize for using such language.”
Kangana made an announcement on her homecoming (arriving at Mumbai) on September 9. Owing to the ongoing verbal clashes, the Home Ministry decided to provide Y-Plus category security to her. Ten armed commandos were assigned round-the-clock. The report said the Y-Plus cover had been given based on a “threat assessment.” She had extended a vote of thanks to the Home Minister Amit Shah.
Amid the words of war, Shiva Sena led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) paid a surprise visit to Kangana’s Bandra office- Manikarnika Films Private Limited. Deeming that the office has several illegal portions, they issued a “stop work notice” and asked her to respond within 24 hours. However, on September 9, the BMC carried out a demolition drive. The civic body broke the locks, entered into premises, and partially bulldozed the building’s parts.
The actress filed a petition. Later on, the Bombay High Court ordered an interim stay on demolition. The HC had adjourned the hearings until September 22 and asked BMC to file a reply.
After Kangana Ranaut reached Mumbai, she visited the demolished site and shared a video displaying her damaged office. Reminiscing about the inauguration day, she revealed that she would keep the office as it is, as she could not afford to rebuild it.
The whole incident sparked fury. Kangana voiced her rage in a series of tweets, terming it “death of the democracy.” While condemning Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a video clip, she said, “My home was demolished today, your ego will be destroyed tomorrow. This is the wheel of time, remember, it never stays the same.” She even accused him of selling his father Balasaheb Thackeray’s ideology of power and cited that Shiva Sena is shifting to “Sonia Sena.”
On the other hand, Shiv Sena had scorned on the entire incident and claimed that the demolition drive was carried out by the BMC and not by the state government. However, for employing foul language against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, a Mumbai-based advocate had filed a complaint against her.