After protests erupted outside the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt stayed behind while film director Ayan Mukerji went to offer prayers. Ayan said that he felt very bad after Alia and Ranbir weren’t there with him for darshan.
Protest outside Ujjain temple
Brahmastra actors Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor were in Ujjain on Tuesday to visit Mahakaleshwar Temple but they were stopped by Bajrang Dal activists from entering the temple after the actor’s old interview on eating beef went viral.
Brahmastra filmmaker Ayan Mukerji expressed his regret about the incident. Aryan had visited the place alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, however, only he was able to visit the temple. At a promotional event in Delhi, Ayan said that he wished Alia and Ranbir could have come too.
“I was feeling bad that Ranbir and Alia could not come with me for darshan at Mahakaleshwar temple. I had gone to Mahakaleshwar temple before my motion poster was released. And, I had told myself that I would definitely come here before the release of my film. And, both Ranbir and Alia were keen to come with me. But, when we reached there and heard about this, I felt bad about what happened there. And, then I told Ranbir and Alia to let me go alone. I went there to seek blessings and energy for the film,” he said while speaking to ETimes.
Didn’t want Alia Bhatt to come
Ayan Mukerji further said that he did not want to take Alia Bhatt there in her current condition, referring to her pregnancy. “I just didn’t want to take Alia there in her current condition. So, I felt very bad going there alone. And after visiting the temple, honestly, I felt that they could have also come.”
Meanwhile, police detained one of the protestors from the Bajrang Dal as he had gotten into physical conflict with the police. The leader of the Dal had said, “We won’t allow Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt into the temple over the beef remark. We’ll protest in a big manner against local administration and police over the assault on our worker.”