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Bollywood reaction to Bin Laden death 'mixed'

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Bollywood has given a mixed reaction to news of Osama Bin Laden's death.

Figures from the Indian film industry used social networking site Twitter to express their thoughts on the death of Bin Laden, NDTV reports.

Director Anurag Basu posted: "Bin Laden's demise marks the beginning of the end of terrorism at a time when democracy is spreading throughout the Middle East."

Sharing a similar point of view, Rahul Bose commented: "Am hoping a sense of balance is maintained in the US at the Osama news. Closure is good, revenge isn't."

Other industry figures appeared critical of US foreign policy.

"While you 'rightfully' celebrate the killing of Osama Bin Laden, who will hang the other terrorist George 'Butcher' Bush?" questioned filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

Bhatt's daughter, actor-turned director Pooja Bhatt, said that the news is not a cause for celebration, explaining: "Refuse to celebrate Osama's death. Next we'll all be screaming 'throw him to the lions' on a daily basis! Lust for blood is perverse."

Well Done Abba actor Minissha Lamba adopted a similar anti-US stance in her posting.

"Osama is dead. Second term guaranteed for Obama. Trust Americans to steal the world's attention away from the royal wedding. Interesting timing," she said.

Tere Bin Laden, a low-budget Bollywood spoof on the subject, became an unexpected hit in 2009.

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