Hi Kangana Ranaut, “Terrorism” Isn’t What You Think It Is

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Hi Kangana Ranaut, “Terrorism” Isn’t What You Think It Is

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

Kangana Ranaut, who has managed to successfully steal attention away from more important headlines thanks to her ongoing feud with the Maharashtra government, left Mumbai on Monday to make her way back to Himachal Pradesh. But not without firing one last parting shot at the Shiv Sena government.

On Twitter, the actor told her fans that she was leaving the city with a “heavy heart” after being “terrorised” with attempts to demolish her office, and constant “attacks and abuses”. “Must say my analogy about PoK was bang on,” the actor wrote, doubling down on the statement that sparked the friction between the two parties in the first place.

Last week the actor had said Mumbai had started to resemble Pakistan occupied Kashmir under the current government, a comment that landed her in a spot of bother with the Sena, as well as earned her a coterie of special security forces from the Union government for her protection.

The actor had also criticised the Mumbai police, who she believes didn’t do enough to investigate the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, and made her feel unsafe in Mumbai. The BMC said two days later, in a move that received a lot of press attention, that they had demolished a small part of her Pali Hill home/office as part of a routine check against illegal structures. But Ranaut has alleged that the demolition was politically motivated.

As the actor landed in Himachal Pradesh on Monday, she tweeted that her security detail had reduced significantly, but continued her verbal attack against the city. “There was a time when I felt a mother’s touch in Mumbai, but today the situation is such that I’m lucky to be alive,” the actor posted, before bringing politics into it again. “The moment Shiv Sena became Sonia Sena, the Mumbai administration became a terror.”

On her last day in Mumbai, the actor met with Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, and Union Minister Ramdas Athwale to discuss the “unjust treatment” meted out to her during her stay in Mumbai, and demand compensation for the demolition.

The actor had also said that she would not renovate the building, instead leaving it as a symbol of the will of a woman “who dared to rise in this world”. As the actor arrives in Manali on Monday, hopefully this thread will put an end to this saga once and for all.