Hindu org throws hiss-y fit

Shiv Sena hasn't had much luck with traditional protests

NEW DELHI — A fundamentalist Hindu group on Friday threatened to release venomous snakes in theaters screening a Bollywood pic in India’s desert state of Rajasthan because pic was allegedly financed by the underworld.

The Shiv Sena (Shiva’s Army) decided on the slithery scare tactic because more traditional methods — demonstrations and sit-down protests — have lost their appeal, party leader Nanak Ram Thavani said.

“Kaante” (Thorns) has an impressive cast that includes thesps Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, who police claim to have recorded speaking by telephone to an underworld don.

Dutt is one of the co-producers of the film. “Kaante,” a rehash of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” is slated for release in India on Sept. 27. Release had been delayed because of Dutt’s problems.

On Friday, Thavani said cadres of the Shiv Sena had earlier registered their protest against the film by burning posters, but this had made little impact.

A spokesman for the Rajasthan government said authorities would take steps to prevent snakes being dumped in cinemas. There was no word on what steps animal-rights groups would take.

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