Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor skip Ujjain’s Mahakal Aarti after facing protests outside the temple

Bollywood actor couple Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, who are gearing up for the release of Brahmastra, were barred from entering the famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain on Tuesday night because of the latter’s former statement on the beef consumption that resurfaced and then went viral on social media recently.

Alia and Ranbir were due to join Brahmastra director Ayan Mukerji for the Mahakal aarti, but the pair faced massive protests outside the temple by Bajrang Dal activists. A Mahakal police station official confirmed the incident to the PTI news agency, adding that the cops used the cane charge to disperse the protesters.

“We will not allow them to worship at the holy temple of Mahakaleshwar because a few days ago Ranbir said he likes to eat mutton, chicken and beef in non-vegetarian foods,” the chef said. Bajrang Dal, Ankit Choube, to journalists stationed outside. temple to cover the celebrity couple.

Ayan also interacted with the media after offering prayers at the temple. He talked about his experience of witnessing the puja. Asked about the protests outside the temple, Ayan replied, “Sir, there is nothing to say…”

Brahmastra has been facing relentless boycott calls on Twitter for over a month now. However, despite the continual backlash and boycott tendencies, Brahmastra has already sold over 1 lakh of tickets.

Meanwhile, Ayan took to Instagram and shared a photo of his visit to the temple and wrote, “I feel very happy and energized for visiting Mahakaleshwar temple today…I had the most beautiful darshan… I wanted to make this visit to close the cinematographic trip. on Brahmāstra, and to get all the positive energy and blessings for our liberation.

Brahmastra, also starring Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna, is set to hit theaters on September 9.

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