MUMBAI — The Shiv Sena staged a noisy protest on Thursday outside celebrity author Shobhaa De's house, after she attacked a move to force multiplexes to show Marathi movies in the prime time slot.
Carrying banners as well as Maharashtrian food items vada-pav and misal, the Sainkis shouted slogans against De.
The protesters condemned De's comments opposing the Bharatiya Janata Party-Sena government's diktat to all multiplexes in Maharashtra to daily exhibit Marathi movies between 6 and 9 PM.
Police personnel deployed in large numbers outside De's residence in the upmarket Cuffe Parade in south Mumbai prevented the Sainiks from entering the building premises.
De told journalists that she was overwhelmed by the support she received for her tweets on the social media and elsewhere.
On the protests, she said she was not at all worried.
Have been warned there is a Shiv Sena Morcha heading for my home at 1 p.m.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
Police barricades are up ! I am feeling perfectly calm and safe ! Thank you, Mumbai Police.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
Well done, Mumbai Police. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/Zt6WJL2Zqy— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
Thank you , Shiv Sena. Delicious! pic.twitter.com/efEy7vuQ5w— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
Another morcha coming up at 4 p.m. Wonder what tea time snack they will bring with them ?— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 9, 2015
Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik has sought an apology and moved a notice for breach of privilege in the assembly.
Sarnaik accused De of "insulting the chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis) and the people of the state".
De on Wednesday had tweeted:
Devendra 'Diktatwala' Fadnavis is at it again!!!From beef to movies. This is not the Maharashtra we all love! Nako!Nako! Yeh sab roko!— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 7, 2015
I love Marathi movies. Let me decide when and where to watch them, Devendra Fadnavis. This is nothing but Dadagiri.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 7, 2015
No more pop corn at multiplexes in Mumbai? Dahi misal and vada pav only. To go better with the Marathi movies at prime time .— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) April 7, 2015