BJP MP and actress Roopa Ganguly took pot shots at Bollywood’s big shots, including Shah Rukh Khan on Monday, saying they speak when it “suits them, when they need publicity for their movies or are facing some issue”.
Speaking at a session on ‘Changing Trends in Film and Folk Art’ on the last day of Lokmanthan, she asked why they don’t speak up when Hindus are attacked and urged people not to take their statements seriously.
The BJP-led Centre has come under attack from Shah Rukh and other top Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Aamir Khan and Anurag Kashyap over issues of ‘intolerance’ in the country and on infringing on the creative rights of the artistes.
Ganguly, however, came in support of the industry on the “creative” aspect, saying in her personal opinion, she believes there should be no ban on creative works, books, movies or artistes.
“Artistes are creative people who express themselves in their unique ways. They work in a totally different way. I don’t believe there should be any gate-keeping on their creative pursuits,” she said.
Ganguly who shot to fame in the late 80s for her portrayal of Draupadi in TV serial Mahabharata, also said that Censor Board should not act as the moral guardian of the country.
Noting that violence comes to people easily than virtue, she said it was not right to blame movies for everything.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, also present, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “the changes he is bringing to our country”.
Vivek Agnihotri, who helmed “Buddha in a Traffic Jam’, questioned why Bollywood doesn’t respond to national tragedies these days the way it used to in the past.
“Why does it take one month after Uri incident for Karan Johar to say ‘Love my country’,” he asked.