Actor Manoj Bajpayee has dismissed Kangana Ranaut’s recent comments comparing Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and suggesting that 99% of the movie industry has been exposed to drugs. The actor recently appeared in a rap video directed by Anubhav Sinha, in which they shed light on the lives of migrant workers who seek better opportunities in big cities, especially Mumbai.
“Mumbai is a magical city. There’s magic here. Look at where I come from. Who am I? Where do I come from? People like me have made our villages, our districts, our towns, our friends and families proud. How? Because Mumbai brought magic to our lives,” he said, scoffing at the concept that anyone could disrespect it. He was once asked for his reaction to comments made by ‘sure people’ in recent days.
The actor added, in an interview to India Today, “We were provided opportunities. And all of it happened on account of Mumbai and the movie industry.”
Kangana in recent weeks has been involved in several spats on account of her comments on Mumbai and the movie industry. Claiming that she feels unsafe in Mumbai, she had compared the city to PoK. This angered Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who wrote a piece of writing condemning these comments in Saamana, the party mouthpiece, and advised her to stay absent from the city.
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To prove a point, Kangana flew down to Mumbai from Manali, a day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation partially toppled her property. The actor alleged that the move was once politically motivated. She wrote on Twitter while departing a couple of days later, “With a heavy heart leaving Mumbai, the way I used to be terrorised all this present day fixed attacks and abuses hurled at me attempts to break my house after my workplace, alert security with deadly weapons around me, should say my analogy approximately POK was once bang on.”
This week, Kangana was once called out by Jaya Bachchan, who said that by criticising Mumbai, Kangana was once biting the hand that feeds.
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