Bollywood found itself divided when the nation-wide protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act erupted across the country, many Bollywood artists spoke out in support of the protest, while many chose to keep mum.
Those who have remained silent have also been criticized, and the once supporting the protests have also had to face the backlash. Their mere stance is questioned, be it on social media or on television channels.
After artistes such as Richa Chadha, Sayani Gupta, Huma Qureshi, Anurag Kashyap tweeted against the Delhi police and in support of the peaceful protesters. It was inevitable that the people asked the bigwigs of the industry to speak out.
Actor Paresh Rawal, who was elected to Lok Sabha as a BJP MP from Ahmedabad (East) in 2014, has also been tweeting in favour of CAA. Rawal compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sardar Patel, Independent India’s first Home Minister. According to him, Modi will never let India “disintegrate”. “Sardar Patel had unified India and @narendramodi will never let it disintegrate.” Rawal had tweeted.
Sardar Patel had Unified India and @narendramodi Will Never Let it Disintegrate.
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) December 19, 2019
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri and producer Ashoke Pandit, known to be open supporters of the BJP government, have also favoured CAA.
Actor Sushant Singh participated in the protests, and had to pay the price as his stint with Savdhan India was cancellled. The actor tweeted:
A very small price my friend. भगत सिंह, सुखदेव और राजगुरु को जवाब कैसे देंगें?
— सुशांत सिंह sushant singh سوشانت سنگھ (@sushant_says) December 16, 2019
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt voiced his opinion by tweeting:
“ Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.”- Albert Camus https://t.co/MbEp38ZrQt
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) December 17, 2019
Actress Sayani Gupta lodged her protest by tweeting a timeline of student protests across the country.
— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) December 17, 2019
Actor Varun Dhawan said that he did not take a stand on the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act because as a public figure, he wants to be ‘responsible’ with his statement.
Kangana Ranaut had called a section of the industry “cowards” for not speaking up on the issue.
Many like Vicky Kaushal and Ayushmann Khurrana stuck to carefully crafted tweets that spoke of the need for peace and denouncing violence.
The Bollywood’s top brass: the Kapoors, the Bachchans, the Roshans, the Khans and Karan Johar stayed out and maintained a safe distance even as millions of Indian citizens hit the streets.
By: V.Ganesh and Charudatt Prabhu