Filmmaker and producer Anurag Kashyap explained his stand towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a post on his official Facebook page.
The 44-year-old was earlier targetted by a group of people which claims he degraded Narendra Modi in a Twitter rant concerned with the ban of Pakistan actors to work in Bollywood.
Sick of all the unwanted coverage by the media that made a mountain out of a molehill, Kashyap stated that he didn’t want an apology from the Prime Minster but just wanted him to break his silence over the ban of Pakistan actors. It is believed that Bollywood insiders are divided on the issue and Ranbir Kapoor’s upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will not be screened in certain areas as Fawad Khan, the Pakistan actor is part of the film. The film’s cast includes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 15, 2016
@narendramodi why is it that we have to face it while you can be silent??
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 16, 2016
“And you actually diverted your trip on our tax money, while the film shot then was on money on which someone here pays interest. I am just trying to understand the situation because I am actually dumb and I don’t get it. Sorry if you feel offended,” the Gangs of Wasseypur director added.
Since the tweets triggered flak on Kashyap from Modi supports, he responded by mentioned he has every right to question his PM and was just concerned with how every situation gets linked up to movies.
“Just to make it clear, I complain because I expect my government to protect us, I question the PM because I have every right to,” he added.
“I am not going to address a party that has become redundant and irrelevant and is trying to find relevance again by using the film industry. We have been vulnerable for long, and have been paying the price by being used by every one to find any kind of standing.
“And the real trade between the two countries across the border has not faced any kind of opposition, but we must pay the price for it. And anyone who questions my love for the country by shouting , must prove there love by representing the country either on the border.”
More explanation on Tuesday
Yet the negativity on Kashyap who is set to make his acting debut in Kollywood with Ajay Gnanamuthu’s next, Imaika Nodigal, didn’t stop and he felt a better explanation was required.
“I refuse to live in the fear created by blind fanatics that you cannot have a conversation with your PM or question him or expect from him,” he tweeted again.
Unable to bear the hatred anymore, Kashyap made a detailed post on Facebook on the matter:
“I am tired of the film industry being soft targets. We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t! When we don’t involve ourselves, they ask “why is Bollywood quiet now?” When we involve ourselves, we become the scapegoats to distract you from the real news. Either way they use us to sensationalise news. Still, I’d rather put my opinions out there on my own platform, than give the media a bite. NO, Anurag Kashyap did not “ask the PM to apologise”( which most of the headlines would want you to believe, no one has their mind anyways) ,I merely questioned the fairness in judgement of a situation: the PM visited Pakistan for talks at the same time that a filmmaker was working with a Pakistani actor. Neither was aware of future events or mood. Yet only one pays the price. I’m also well aware that the government did not cry “BAN” or demand that Pakistani artists be sent back. Just as I’m aware that the PM himself doesn’t censor my films. But we elected them and so it is their responsibility to protect us from bullies – media or political parties. And when the governing party’s designated members don’t respond in hours of crisis because they are second guessing the mood of the PM then I would rather talk straight to the PM himself. There was also sarcasm in the tweet that followed; ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ was for those mindless trollers who constantly ask for proof of your patriotism. Apparently thats all it takes. It was a jibe at them. Patriotic slogans don’t absolve you from it all. I hope this explains .. “