Mumbai: Sunday evening saw Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Dehmukh make his first official tour of the Taj Mahal Hotel. But what drew flak was the presence of filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and Vilasrao's son and actor Riteish Deshmukh as part of the Chief Minister's official entourage.
Reports suggest that Ramu - who loves take real life incidents and turn them into big screen dramas - might just be planning a film on the Mumbai terror attacks with Riteish in the cast.
Vilasrao Deshmukh himself tried to defend his actions saying, "I know you all are feeling that what happened was wrong, but we had not planned anything like that when we had gone to Hotel Taj."
RGV's visit to the Taj along with the Chief Minister has not only irked ordinary Mumbaikars but the film fraternity as well.
Actor Sanjay Dutt said, "Ram Gopal verma should not have visited Taj. If he wanted to be there, he should have been there from day one with the Armed Forces and with the media."
Producer Smita Thackeray added, "I don't know with what motive Ram Gopal Varma went there. Whether the CM took him with him, or he tagged along with the CM is not important. What is important is that he was wrong in doing so."
And singer Sonu Nigam said, "I don't really care who came, who went and where they went. I don't expect anything from them. I know that this is what the Indian bureaucracy is like and so I don't really care."
Meanwhile the key players in the eye of the storm - Ram Gopal Varma and Riteish Deshmukh refused to comment on the controversy. So even as the city gets back on its feet, it desperately waits for some action and not trivialisation of the issue.