All Bachchans' films, ads banned in Mah: Raj Thackeray

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{image-0 Bachchan Family1_08092008.jpg}Mumbai, Sep 8: Reacting angrily to Jaya Bachchan's anti-marathi remarks, Maharashtra Navnirman Seva (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray asked for an unconditional apology and later called a press conference and banned all Bachchans' films and ads through-out Maharashtra. Reactions were seen all over Mumbai as soon as Raj's statement was made public. Amitabh Bachchan's posters in some areas were blackened while in other areas they were torn down.

“All Bachchan family movies and advertisements in Mumbai and Maharashtra are banned from today (Monday)," said MNS chief Raj Thackeray at a press conference. “Maharashtrians should boycott all products endorsed by the Bachchans who have "poison in their minds" for Marathi people,“ the MNS chief said.

Two days back at the Drona film promo, Jaya Bachchan had said "hum UP ke log hain, hamein Hindi mein baat karni chahiye" (we are from Uttar Pradesh and should speak in Hindi). Such a remark by a Rajya Sabha MP is an insult to all Maharashtrians, according to Raj Thackeray. “This is an affront to the Marathi Manoos (Marathi-speaking people). All parties should unite and condemn what she said," said Thackeray.

“Jaya Bachchan has to apologise or else no film of any member of the Bachchan family will be allowed to release in Mumbai and Maharshtra. If you are from Uttar Pradesh, go and release your movies there." The party"s diktat applies to films starring Amitabh, Jaya, their son Abhishek and his wife Aishwarya.

While Congress was quick to condemn the Shiv Sena and MNS for 'politicising' the issue, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, a close friend of the Bachchan family, criticised Thackeray"s statement and said 'jungle raj' would not be permitted.

MNS leader Yashwant Killedar said, "The Bachchans have been living here for so many years and saying that they do not know the local language is an insult to Marathi people."

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