Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Monday slammed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap for seeking an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for visiting Pakistan.
“A new fashion has developed in India. A student or a film person can put a question or speak against (the) PM without any logic to get into news,” Rijiju tweeted without naming Kashyap.
He later clarified in another tweet: “In democratic India one can ask questions to PM or comments freely but better if it’s with sense & without undermining our nation’s prestige”.
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— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 16, 2016
Actor and BJP member of Lok Sabha Paresh Rawal also criticised Kashyap saying instead of seeking an apology from the PM, the filmmaker should ask for a condemnation letter (on Uri attack) from Pakistani artistes.
“Unwarranted utterances of Mr Anurag Kashyap infact is damaging KJo’s (Karan Johar’s) film and industry,” cautioned Rawal.
Kashyap had on Sunday come out in support of filmmaker Karan Johar, whose upcoming film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM)’, featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, is facing trouble after cinema owners association decided to stall the release of movies starring artistes from the neighbouring country.
Kashyap in a series of tweets questioned PM Modi asking him to apologise for meeting his Pakistani counterpart the same time when Johar was shooting for his film.
“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?” tweeted Kashyap.
He added that he was with Johar on the issue of his film.
But later Kashyap apologised to the PM: “I am just trying to understand the situation because I am actually dumb and I don’t get it. Sorry if you feel offended?”
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"— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 16, 2016