Actress Swara Bhaskar is one of the few Bollywood celebrities to speak about Nawazuddin Siddiqui who was not allowed to perform with a local Ramleela drama troupe in his hometown as he is a Muslim.
Our story titled Nawazuddin Siddiqui first home-grown casualty of MSN agitation a few days ago we said “The Ramleela program featuring Nawazuddin has been cancelled after the opposition of some Hindu activists. The organisers had to cancel the programme after the activists approached them and expressed their displeasure over Nawazuddin’s participation”.
The actor said he has not lost hope and promised his fans that he would return next year. “My childhood dream could not come true, but will definitely be a part of Ramleela next year”.
Some members of the Shiv Sena said they were against “a Muslim actor going on stage in a Ramleela”, a theatre festival based on the Hindu religious epic Ramayana and performed across India.
“In the 50-60 year history of the Budhana Ramlila, no Muslim artist has set foot on the stage. We couldn’t allow that now. It’s about tradition,” a Shiv Sena member said.
Owing to such strong views expressed by a powerful Hindu organization it is difficult to imagine how the actor would be able perform in the play next year.
Actress Swara Bhaskar, who is known for speaking her mind took to Twitter and talked about how Nawazuddin was not allowed to perform in a local Ramleela in his hometown.
The tweet read, “This #Dussehra may v rise above the pathetic mentality that disallows a Muslim artist from participating in a #Ramleela performance. #nawaz.”
In another tweet, she added, “This #Dussehra may we rise above the demon within us: the demon of hatred, stupidity, bigotry & blind superstition. Burn Proto-fascism.”
The post is in response to the ban on the actor from the Ram Leela programme in his hometown Budhana in Uttar Pradesh after members of Shiv Sena raised objections as he is a Muslim.
Earlier, even Deepika Padukone responded to this situation saying that the society needs to be “sensitive” to people.
When asked about her opinion on the incident, Deepika told a TV channel, “I think as a society, in general, we need to be more inclusive and sensitive to people and situations.” – CINEWS