Ram Gopal Varma triggers uproar with outrageous remarks on Ganesh Chaturthi

Aug 30 2014, 09:33 IST
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SummaryFilmmaker Ram Gopal Varma stirred a controversy on first day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival...

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma stirred a controversy today, the first day of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, with a string of tweets about the elephant God, drawing condemnation for his "blasphemous" remarks and provoking demands for police action against him.

As his twitter posts triggered an outrage, Varma took to the microblogging website to tender an apology.

The 52-year-old producer and director, who apart from questioning the ability of Ganesha to remove obstacles from the path of his devotees, made fun of his physical attributes.

Varma's comments drew strong reactions from leaders across the political divide.

While Shaina N C of the BJP called it "blasphemous and insensitive", Congress' former MP from Mumbai Sanjay Nirupam demanded police action against him for violating the law of the land.

"This is blasphemous and insensitive. He should not resort to such cheap sensationalism," Shaina said, calling the tweets "incredible absurdity" and seeking an apology from Varma.

"He has hurt the religious sentiments of the people. We have great faith in Ganesh. Nobody has the right to make such statements.

"Ram Gopal Varma has not been able to give a hit film in a long time. He wants to remain in the news

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