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Riteish Deshmukh apologises for hurting sentiments of Shivaji’s followers

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh on Friday left followers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj upset by posting a photograph of himself in front of the Maratha warrior’s statue at the Raigad Fort. He later apologised for hurting people’s sentiments.

Riteish visited the Raigad Fort on Thursday. He posted two photographs of himself from the hill fort. One of these features him as he seems to bow to take blessings from the statue of Shivaji Maharaj.

“Visited Raigad Fort this morning, the capital of Maratha empire. It’s an unimaginable high to feel the presence of one of the greatest warriors born in India, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Nothing is more invigorating than bowing down and seeking his blessings,” Riteish tweeted.

Riteish apologised with a note in Marathi and said that like other “Shiv bhakts”, he too was in awe of the atmosphere at the fort.

He explained that there was only a gesture of devotion behind it. “We had no intention to hurt anyone by sitting there or clicking those photos. But if someone is hurt by our act, we expressed heartfelt apologies,” Riteish added.

In 2017 Ram Gopal Varma announced that Deshmukh was planning to make a biopic on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Any further announcement on the project is still awaited.

Deshmukh debuted with K. Vijaya Bhaskar’s Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Genelia D’Souza. His work in Masti was nominated for several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor category.

In January 2013, Riteish made his debut as a film producer with the Marathi success Balak Palak, directed by Ravi Jadhav. The following year he made his acting debut in Marathi cinema with the action film Lai Bhaari.

In 2016, he appeared in the third instalment of the Housefull and Masti series Housefull 3 and Great Grand Masti and a musical drama Banjo. He appeared in the comedy film Bank Chor which was released in 2017 and is scheduled to appear in action film Mauli.

The actor donated Rs 25 lakhs to his hometown Latur for ‘Jalyukta Latur’, an initiative to make the parched district water sufficient.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

By Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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