Urmila Matondkar, the Hindi actor and politician, who was in the news for buying office space worth Rs 3 crore in Mumbai; hit back at actor Kangana Ranaut, who took a dig at Matondkar for buying the commercial space after joining a political party.
On Sunday, Ranaut shared a Pinkvilla report on Twitter that said: “#UrmilaMatondkar buys new office in a plush commercial space for over Rs 3 crore weeks after joining #ShivSena.” The publication has since changed its headline.
Sharing a video to clear the air about her property, Matondkar asked Ranaut to choose a date and venue where she can bring the documents to prove that she had made the transaction before joining politics. She said that she sold her old flat that she had bought in 2011 in Mumbai’s Andheri area, to fund her recent transaction.
Matondkar also asked Ranaut to bring the list of names of film industry members who had procured or were dealing with drugs. Ranaut had earlier claimed that she knew of those from the film industry who were involved with drugs, for which she was provided Y Plus category security by the Centre.
In her tweet, Ranaut related Matondkar’s political ties with her new purchase and wrote that the Congress had broken her flat, which she had built with her hard-earned money.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in September 2020 demolished parts of Ranaut’s apartment, alleging “unauthorised” construction, after which Ranaut moved the Bombay High Court against it. In the last week of December 2020, a civil court in Mumbai dismissed Ranaut’s plea against BMC’s demolition of her apartment, and said that the actor has made a “grave violation” of the sanctioned plan by merging three flats.
On 1 December 2020, Matondkar joined the Shiv Sena at Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence. The actor had previously contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the North Mumbai constituency on a Congress ticket.
In an interview in September 2020, Ranaut made a derogatory remark and called Matondkar a “soft porn star”, after the latter had criticised Ranaut’s opinions on nepotism and drug consumption in the Hindi film industry.