Hema Malini questioned how restaurants were granted permissions "just like that".
"Such incidents are recurring because of the huge population in Mumbai. It's not that the police aren't doing their job. They do a great job. But the population is so much. And the city is spreading like anything. When Bombay ends, another city should begin. Continuation of Mumbai is another Mumbai. But the city keeps extending," said the 69-year-old actor-politician.
She also offered her suggestion - limiting the population.
"Some restrictions should be done on the population. Each city should have certain population...limit, after that they should not be allowed. Then let them go to another city...next city," Hema Malini said, speaking on the sidelines of parliament.
Her comments drew sharp backlash on social media.
Hema Malini should restrict her opinions to drinking water quality. Saves her from making a fool of herself.— Anant Rangaswami (@AnantRangaswami) December 29, 2017
Wait, WHAT?!?!?!?!— tenaciouskind (@Nuttiesvd) December 29, 2017
I never thought Hema Malini would be this insensitive! First it was her statement when accident happened in Rajasthan and now this!
Arghhh and these people are our representative. Maybe we deserve this only as we are the one who vote for these kind of people. https://t.co/wgeHZPNcsJ
When a M P does not know what to speak and how to speak then it better to observe silence. It is said "silence is gold".I am referring to a controversial statement of Hema Malini.— Roshan Lal Anand (@RoshanLalAnand3) December 29, 2017
Most of the deaths in the pub fire were because of suffocation.
A young woman celebrating her birthday and her friends were among the dead. Two brothers who had come from the US for a holiday and were out for dinner were also killed when they ran out but went back in to save their aunt.