With Y+ Security, We’re Only Enabling Kangana Ranaut’s Toxicity


With Y+ Security, We’re Only Enabling Kangana Ranaut’s Toxicity

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

The Kangana Ranaut-Shiv Sena “tu tu main main” has reached a new flashpoint. After comparing Mumbai to Pakistan occupied Kashmir and the verbal barrage that followed, the Bollywood actor will be provided Y-plus category security, according to government sources.

Kangana Ranaut took to Twitter to thank Home Minister Amit Shah and stated that this is proof that “no fascist will be able to crush a patriotic voice.”

Sources in the Union Ministry have said that Ranaut will be protected by a personal security officer and 11 armed policemen including commandos. The decision follows a “renewed threat to the actor after she spoke about drug use among a section in the film industry following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput”, the media reported.

Kangana Ranaut, and the Shiv Sena, led by Sanjay Raut, have been having a go at each other over the past few days. The storm was kicked off when she took to Twitter and compared Mumbai to PoK.

From Bollywood stars to Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, everyone weighed in on the issue. Hashtags trended, jibes were directed at all parties and tempers flew on social media. Sena workers vandalised a poster of Kangana Ranaut with chappals, as a mark of protest.

Sanjay Raut then raised the stakes of the debate by using derogatory language and calling the actress “haramkhor”. That did not go down well with followers of Ranaut.

“Iss desh ki betiyaan aapko maaf nahi karengi,” the actor said in a video response posted on Twitter. She also announced that she would be visiting Mumbai on September 9 and is ready to “sacrifice her life” like many have before her for this country. Melodrama much!

Facing the heat, Sanjay Raut issued a statement claiming “Shiv Sena will continue to fight for the pride of women, this is what our great Shiv Sena supremo has taught us.” He also invoked Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Maharana Pratap, stating that they had taught them to respect women.

Ranaut shared a video alleging that some people have taken over her office and are also harassing neighbours, stating that “Wo jo madam hai, uski kartoot ka parinaam sabko bharna hoga.” She alleged that without any notice, her office was being raided.

With Ranaut being provided additional security and a visit to Mumbai on the cards, the matter is not going to die down soon. This, at a time when coronavirus cases are soaring both nationally, as well as in the state of Maharashtra. The security apparatus being provided to Ranaut could also be put to better use, with crimes against women on the rise and the economy crumbling.

Kangana Ranaut might have one-upped the Shiv Sena by getting a security cover but the consequences are for everyone to bear. It’s only going to make this Queen of Bullies bolder and brasher.