The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has done it again, they have once again interfered in the functioning of Bollywood. Reportedly, MNS Party workers barge in on the sets of the film Murder 2 at Film City on Friday. The producer of the film Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt did not give in for their demands and called the cops for rescue.
Mahesh Bhatt told to TOI, “They came in on the pretext of examining cards of the unit members which is not their mandate. The authority to examine unit members' cards belongs to the Film Federation and Cine Aritstes Association. Mohit panicked and so he called me. I sent a message to Commissioner of Police, Arun Patnaik, who acted promptly. I also spoke to the Home Minister, R R Patil. I just fail to understand how anybody can get into a state owned property like Film City and disrupt an on-going shoot. And mind you this is happening often these days."
Director Mohit Suri, who was present at the scene couldn't handle the situation and called the Bhatts for help. Then the cops were called. When Mahesh was questioned why the MNS would do this, he revealed, “The MNS has started interfering in the film industry as if they have the power to do so. They want us to work with their people. Many other film producers have been subjected to harassment of a similar kind. But we shall not bow down to their demands to have their party people employed in the film industry. It's our choice who we want to work with. Political interference of any kind, in this regard, is simply uncalled for."
Ameya Khopkar the President of MNS Cine Workers Association, retaliated, "Some crew members on Murder 2 did not have the mandate of any association, which is why we wanted our workers in their place. How can Bhatt say we have no authority? We were not doing anything illegal."