It seems when it comes to artistic expression, India's political bigwigs have really low tolerance levels. The latest victim of the offense brigade is popular Mumbai radio jockey Malishka Mendonsa, who reportedly trained Vidya Balan for her role in the 2006 film Lage Raho Munnabhai. A couple of corporators of the Shiv Sena, notorious for their penchant for controlling the dialogue on Indian culture, are upset that Mendonsa made a catchy YouTube video about Mumbai's monsoon problems.
The viral song 'Sonu Tuza Mazyavar Bharosa Nai Kai - Pothole Mix' is a hit on social media and the Shiv Sena are not amused.
Sena leaders Amey Ghole and Samadhan Sarvankar want the Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to slap a Rs 500-crore defamation suit against Mendonsa and 93.5 Red FM for hurting "Mumbai and the BMC".
"The whole aim of the song created by RJ and her team is to malign a public body and mislead citizens," Sarvankar is quoted as saying by Deccan Herald. The BMC has sent a notice under section 381 B of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act to Mendonsa for breeding mosquitoes at her house in Bandra.
According to the Hindustan Times, Aedes mosquitoes were found in a clay bowl kept under a pot, and as well as in indoor plants. Sharad Ughade, ward officer of Bandra, was quoted as saying that he was carrying out "a routine inspection in Bandra."
This is the song that got Mendonsa in trouble.
The RJ has found support too. This is what journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted.
Ghole and Sarvankar said Mendonsa was "unfairly blaming the BMC for problems that are not under its jurisdiction." In a letter to BMC, they said that the video dented the confidence of several thousand of BMC employees who work hard to keep the city afloat during the rains, according to ANI.