Mumbai's Aarey forest to go under the axe as BMC reportedly cleared permissions to chop down 2700 trees. Hundreds of Mumbaikars have gathered in protest of the same and had formed a human chain at Birsa Munda Chowk, Goregaon. Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor came down to join the movement on Sunday and stood hand-in-hand with fellow protestors. The actress was seen standing on the road holding an umbrella and a placard, chanting slogans as she extended her support to the cause.
Shraddha Kapoor spoke to Republic Media Network on the sidelines of the protest and extended a message to fellow citizens.
"All of us are here to support mother nature. There is already so much pollution, how can the BMC give permission to chop down more trees? 2700 plus trees are sent to be cut and permission for it is granted. This is ridiculous, this can't happen" Shraddha Kapoor said.
Further urging fellow citizens to join the movement to save Mumbai's lungs- the Aarey Forest, she added, "I am a citizen of Mumbai and so I am a part of this movement. We are trying to make a difference and I would like to urge every Mumbaikar to come forward and save Aarey."
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Meanwhile, Shraddha Kapoor shared a still from the protest on Instagram and penned a long note elaborating on the ongoing crisis. The actress who also went live on the social media handle during the protest described BMC's move as 'shocking' and 'unacceptable'.
"Trying to do my bit. Went live on my Insta sometime back to show you all how so many people have come together to stand up against this. 2700+ trees are slated to be chopped down for the Metro. Unacceptable. Shocking.As if we don’t have enough environmental issues already. As if Mumbai doesn’t have enough pollution already. And we want to chop off our lungs.This HAS TO STOP. #SAVEAAREY" the actress wrote in the post.
On the professional front, Shraddha Kapoor's latest outing 'Saaho' opened with a bang at the box office. The film which released in three different languages was pegged as the 'biggest action thriller of all times' and also starred actor Prabhas in the lead.
'Saaho' features Prabhas as an outlaw and Shraddha Kapoor as a police officer. Besides the lead pair, the film stars Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Arun Vijay, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mahesh Manjrekar, Lal, Evelyn Sharma, among others.
‘Saaho’, produced by UV Creations, releases in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, while the Hindi version is presented by T-Series.
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