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'Ramlila' Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui Called Off In Muzaffarnagar Following Protests By Hindu Groups

The 42-year-old actor was supposed to play 'Maricha'.

06/10/2016 5:32 PM IST | Updated 06/10/2016 5:43 PM IST
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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, September, 2016, Mumbai. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A 'Ramlila' programme featuring actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been cancelled following opposition by a religious group in Muzaffarnagar, police said today.

The 42-year-old actor, who comes from Muzaffarnagar, had said yesterday that he would play the character of 'Maricha' in the programme.

Maricha is a rakshasa (demon), who is killed by Rama. His most notable exploit is his role in the kidnapping of Sita, Rama's wife.

The Ramlila program featuring Siddiqui at Budhana town has been cancelled over opposition by some Hindu activists, SP (rural) Rakesh Jolly said.

The organisers had to cancel the programme after the activists approached them and expressed their displeasure over Nawazuddin's participation, he added.

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