Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Monday reiterated the Bajrang Dal’s demand that the name of the web series Aashram should be changed.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader’s comments came a day after the Hindutva group vandalised the set of the web series when it was being shot in state capital Bhopal. Members of the group threw ink on filmmaker Prakash Jha.
In videos shared on social media on Sunday by witnesses, Bajrang Dal members could be seen chasing down crew members and beating one of them. Members of the group claimed that the web series was an assault on Hinduism. The group said it will not allow the shooting to go on till the title of the show was changed.
The web series stars Bobby Deol, Aaditi Pohankar, Tridha Choudhury and others. Deol plays the role of a preacher whose followers have blind faith in him. But, the preacher is a conman.
Mishra on Monday supported the Bajrang Dal’s demand to change the name of the web series. “Why is the web series named Aashram?” he said. “They [the makers of the show] will understand [the consequences] if they name it [the web series] after ‘others’ [religions]?”
The state home minister, however, admitted that the vandalism was wrong and noted that four accused persons had been arrested after the incident. “Don’t do something that can cause trouble,” Mishra said. “But, Jha saheb, think about your mistakes too.”
The Madhya Pradesh minister said that the state administration will issue detailed guidelines on the matter. “If a story has an objectionable scene, or a visual that hurts the sentiment of a religion, then the makers should approach the government and take permission for shooting,” he said.
Mishra added that the administration would welcome anyone who wants to visit Madhya Pradesh for filming, but if objectionable scenes are involved then the authorities should be informed.