Want focus to shift from ‘kranti’ to ‘desh bhakti’: Anupam Kher at JNU

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2016 19:15 IST
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher addresses the students before the screening of his film ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam' at JNU in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher said on Friday he wanted the focus to shift from ‘kranti’ to ‘desh bhakti’, as he spoke at the Jawaharlal Nehru University amid allegations that anti-national slogans were shouted at the university on February 9.

On Friday, Kher was speaking ahead of the screening of his movie ‘Buddha in a traffic jam’, which was allowed to be showcased in JNU, which is at the centre of a nationwide debate over nationalism after an event held on February 9. Kher was earlier involved in a controversy after he alleged the university authorities had denied permission to screen the film.

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“How can some students make a hero out of someone who is out on bail?” Kher said in an oblique reference to JNU students’ union Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been charged with sedition.

Kher, who has been critical of those behind the recent flash point event at JNU, had last week alleged that the university has refused to screen his film considering the present atmosphere at the campus, a charge denied by the university.

“We have sought permission from the university administration for the movie’s screening and have been allowed to do so on March 18,” JNUSU joint secretary Saurabh Sharma said later.

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The veteran actor said he plays a professor who transforms the minds of students and incites them to become the change. He said it talks about the relationship between students and the teacher and the politics within.

Speaking at the India Today Conclave on Friday, Kanhaiya said he was a fan of Kher’s work.

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