The SRK Row: Support from Kerala Film Personalities
Malayalam film personalities have come out in support of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the row over his comment on growing intolerance in the country.
Film director B Unnikrishnan and ace comedian Jagdish made their stand clear after the star was subjected to a deluge of personal attacks and jibes including being called a Pakistani agent. BJP MP Yogi Adityanath even went to the extent of comparing Shah Rukh Khan with Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed.
Comedian Jagdish said this sort of “fascist outlook” should be rejected outright. “I know the actor quite well as I was fortunate to act along with him in one film and he is a truly secular person in all respects,” said the actor.
Unnikrishnan said Shah Rukh took a stand with no ulterior motives and the BJP should ensure that such things are kept out.
SRK’s ‘controversial remarks’
Earlier in a Twitter Town Hall organized by a media house on the occasion of his 50th birthday, Shah Rukh Khan had said that there is an atmosphere of “extreme intolerance” in the Country.
“People put words in the air even before thinking…intolerance religiously…not being secular in this country is the worst crime you can do as a patriot,” he said.
Though the actor did not comment on whether he will return his laurels as a show of protest, the actor made it apparently clear that he is supporting the writers, artists and scientists in their act of returning laurels.
Row over remarks
Following the actor’s comments, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya triggered a controversy when he tweeted that Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India.
BJP MP Yogi Adityanath immediately joined the row, comparing the actor with 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and also suggested Shah Rukh go to Pakistan.
Baba Ramdev went on to say that Shah Rukh should give up his Padmashree Award and all the money that came his way following the laurel if he is genuinely concerned over religious intolerance.
Next it was the turn of Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla who advised the actor to guide people on tolerance rather than complain about intolerance. She also said that claims of “intolerance” against the Centre were aimed at distracting attention from Narendra Modi government’s development works and averred that the government is committed towards protecting the constitution and welfare of minorities.
Shiv Sena, surprisingly, came up supporting the actor and slammed Vijayvargiya and Adityanath’s comments. The BJP coalition partner in Maharashtra said that Shah Rukh Khan should not be targeted only because he is a Muslim and that the minority community in India is “tolerant”.
BJP also strongly disapproved the controversial comments of Adityanathand and Kailash Vijayvargiya and said that there cannot be any comparison between a law-abiding Indian citizen and a Pakistani terrorist.
Following the distasteful comments of Kailash Vijayvargiya, Adityanath and Baba Ramdev, there has been huge outrage on digital platforms. Shah Rukh’s close friends from the industry and his fans and followers have condemned BJP leaders’ statements and lashed out at the political leaders for making such insensitive comments.
Support also poured in from the film fraternity where celebrities like Anupam Kher, Aparna Sen, Vishal Dadlani and others took to twitter to pledge their support for King Khan.
Meanwhile, Pak terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed has invited Shah Rukh Khan to live in Pakistan after he came under attack.
“Discrimination against minorities in India particular Muslims are proofs enough that Modi’s India no more secular. Its fascist Hindu state,” he tweeted.