Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Ramleela stint in Budhana won’t happen due to Shiv Sena protest

| Friday, October 7, 2016 - 15:19
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui,  Ramleela, Budhana, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, Shiv Sena, theatre artist, Maricha, Ram, Ravaan
New Delhi: Bollywood actor and theatre artist Nawazuddin Siddiqui's recent visit to his hometown Budhana in Muzaffarnagar has turned out to be an unpleasant one. 
When the ‘Manjhi’ actor was approached by the ‘Ramleeela’ committee of Budhana to be a part of the production he gave them a positive reply. On Wednesday, Nawazuddin confirmed that he would play the role of ‘Maricha’ in the programme. 
The actor was planning to return to theatre after 20 years with the role of Maricha, Ravan's uncle but could not do so because Shiv Sena activists of Budhana forced the committee to cancel the show. One of the reasons they put forward was that Siddique was a Muslim and no Muslim had ever played any role in the Budhana Ramlila.
The 'Raman Raghav 2.0' actor, who was eagerly waiting to perform in the Ramleela, tweeted out a link of the rehearsal video with caption: Ever since I was a child I wanted to be part of this, even the people in the town were very excited, but around 6 pm yesterday I was told I can’t participate. I accepted the decision.
Nawazuddin Siddique recently made headlines after his sister-in-law allegedly accused him and his family of assault and dowry harassment.
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Nawazuddin Siddique in Ramlila

Shiv Sena has done bad, Razamurad is acting in Ramlila at Delhi. Nawazuddin wants to play Marich in Ramlila at Budhana. What is bad in it? It is our culture to keep harmony . I had not heard any voice against Sanjay Nirupam who had declared Our Para Forces Surgical Operation as false from Shiv Sena. I feel Shiv Sena has lost their role going towards becoming false Hindu Fanatics Organisation and sooner or later it will be required to be banned if it continues like this.

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