The ban of Pakistani actors in Bollywood film industry is snowballing into a controversy, turning into a completely different ballgame.
Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has lashed out at filmmaker Anurag Kashyap for demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology for paying a courtesy visit to Pakistan to meet counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Kashyap also took a dig at PM Modi over recent controversy over the informal ‘ban’ on films starring Pakistani actors by a section of cinema owners showing solidarity with the makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which is facing ban for casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
Abhijeet, who is known for his controversial statements, and some treating him as a troll, took a swipe on Kashyap saying, “PM Modi tried verbal communications with Pakistan but it did not work. Now, he has packed a punch. It’s your turn now after Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt”.
In a tweet, he said that after Karan Johar, they will be meted out the same treatment. The singer took to his official Twitter account to reply to Anurag’s tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which read, “@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?”
Abhijeet wrote to Anurag, tagging Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar in the same tweet along with PM Modi, “@narendramodi_in ne pehle baaton se manane Ki koshish Ki, ab unhe laat maara, aap kataar me hain, @karanjohar ke baad @MaheshNBhatt aur
In fact, earlier in the day, addressing PM Modi on Twitter, Abhijeet said that people like him will handle “anti India Brigade” and the Prime Minister can continue making India proud.
The singer has targeted Karan a number of times for casting Fawad Khan in his film.
Hours after the director targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an apology for his Pakistan trip Madhur Bhandarkar also slammed Kashyap for his ‘protest’.
When Bhandarkar was asked about his reaction on Kashyap’s statements, he said, “Whatever Anurag Kashyap said is wrong, Neither BJP nor the Government issued any ban, it has become a trend to protest against Modi Ji.”
The decision to ban actors came from a hardline organisation but the government refrained from making any official statement.
Anurag decided to keep away from naming anyone and just said that he would directly speak to PM Modi. He wrote a couple of Tweets out of which a few read, “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 continued, “I would rather ask my questions directly to the PM than trying to impress him by fake nationalism of banning what puts you in news.” – CINEWS