Rijiju claimed there was a ‘fashion’ to speak against the PM without any ‘logic’.
Wading into the row over ban on the release of films with Pakistani artistes due to tension between the two countries, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap today said when Indian filmmakers are being penalised, the Prime Minister should also apologise for his Lahore trip.
Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI)’s decision has put a question mark on the release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hain Mushkil”, featuring Fawad Khan, by announcing no films with Pakistani actors will be screened in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Karnataka in the aftermath of Uri attack. Kashyap, 44, said that why should only filmmakers, who have completed shoot of their respective films, have to face the situation of a ban.
“@narendramodi Sir you haven’t yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM.. It was dec 25th. Same time KJo was shooting ADHM? Why?” Kashyap wrote on Twitter. “@narendramodi why is it that we have to face it while you can be silent?”
Bringing into focus the money that the producers’ would lose when a film’s release is stalled, the “Bombay Velvet” helmer, said, “@narendramodi and you actually diverted your trip on our tax money, hile the film shot then was on money on which someone here pays interest.”
“@narendramodi I am just trying to understand the situation because I am actually dumb and I don’t get it. Sorry if you feel offended.. “Btw Bharat Mata ki Jai Sir @narendramodi,” Kashyap tweeted.
Reacting to the charge, MOS Home Kiren Rijiju slammed Anurag Kashyap saying that it had become the ‘fashion’ to speak against the PM without logic. He wrote on Twitter: “A new fashion has developed in India. A student or a film person can put a question or speak against PM without any logic to get into news.
Earlier, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Sunday alleged that the greatest casualty since Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government came to power has been the liberal and creative spaces of India, and urged the intelligentsia to fight back the ‘dictatorship’ imposed on them in the last 28 months.
Tewari used filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s diatribe against Prime Minister Modi on twitter to target the government, which he accused of being fascist.
‘The greatest casualty in the last 28 months has been the liberal and creative spaces of India. Therefore, the people across the board – writers, artistes, members of the intelligentsia, people who are engaged in creative fields need to push back against this kind of dictatorship, against this kind of fascism which has been let lose,’ Tewari said.
‘We created the liberal spaces in India which belongs to the people of the nation and they have to be re-appropriated by the liberal community back from the kind of fascism which has been unleashed onto it,’ he added.
Online Source: DNA India.