Hindu extremists groups, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal threatened to launch a protest against Indian film actors, Nagma and Johny Lever, alleging that the Christians propagate Christianity.
It was reported that VHP leader Umesh Rane has alleged that large hoarding have come up at Mumbai railway stations and on buses using pictures of Nagma and Johnny Lever propagating and spreading Christianity.
“If they don’t stop these ads immediately, we will hold Maha Aarti and havans in front of their residences,” Rane was quoted as saying.
Rane alleged that both Nagma and Johnny Lever were collaborating with Christian missionaries and trying to proselytize Hindus.
He said, a booklet with 18 stories depict both the actors as claiming that their lives changed for the better after becoming Christians. “If they dont’ stop this, we will teach them a lesson VHP-style”, he said.
Nagma, a well-known Bollywood actress, whose mother is a Muslim and father a Hindu has embraced Christianity some years ago. She has acted in a broad range of India’s languages: Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and now Marathi.
Johnny Lever is a film actor and one of the most popular comedians in Hindi cinema, 13 Filmfare Awards nominations in Best Comedian Category, and has won the award twice.
The threat raised by the Hindu fundamentalists is due to the various advertisements put up by the “Power to Change India” initiatives that put hoardings in trains and buses across Mumbai city.