Ali Fazal plays Guddu Pandit in Mirzapur series.
Ali Fazal plays Guddu Pandit in Mirzapur series.

Ali Fazal on Mirzapur 2 boycott calls over his anti-CAA speech: ‘I will not stop raising my voice. I am an artiste in a free world’

Ali Fazal has reacted to calls for boycotting his upcoming web show, Mirzapur 2 and said that he would continue to raise his voice as he was an artist in a free world.
By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 09:03 AM IST

The second season of Mirzapur 2 is all set to debut on October 23. However, there have been calls to boycott the show over actor Ali Fazal’s anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He is known for his role as Govind ‘Guddu’ Pandit in the first part of the series. The actor is unfazed by boycott calls and says he will continue to raise his voice as an artist in the free world.

Mirzapur 2 will continue to take a sharp look at the uneasy combination of drugs, guns and politics in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh, where the story is based. The series also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in prominent roles.

Speaking to Mid Day, Ali said he was sad that people were calling for boycott of the show as a number of people were associated with the project: “I feel bad when people talk about boycotting the show because so many people are involved in making it. Sometimes, I have to weigh my options and take a step back for the larger good of others; I don’t want them to bear the brunt of my actions. That said, I will not stop raising my voice. I am an artiste in a free world, I am supposed to raise questions. The environment of hate needs to be tackled with peace. We are the country that won its freedom through peace, after all.”

Also read: Bigg Boss 13’s Asim Riaz shows off the view from his plush sea-facing home, dad says: ‘A father can’t stop his feelings when his children do well’

As soon as the trailer of the Amazon Prime series arrived, #BoycottMirzapur was among top trends in India. Reacting to the trend, Ali had told Times Now Digital, “We have to decide what is the bar we are setting. Are we at the mercy of a trend? No! I don’t look at art in that way. Are we at the mercy of one app that decides who will watch our show and who will not? No, I think this has really gone down. I mean if you are really talking about trends, I never saw any trends related to farmers – there have been protests everywhere across our country. But I wouldn’t say that it’s not an important story, it’s the most important story. Pandemic suddenly has become the last story on everybody’s mind. It’s not trending anymore but it’s still supposed to be the biggest problem that we are facing. I hope the people rise above that.”

The show has been created by Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment. Farhan too was part of anti-CAA campaign earlier in the year.

Follow @htshowbiz on Twitter

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Kareena Kapoor Khan is expecting her second child with Saif Ali Khan.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is expecting her second child with Saif Ali Khan.

Mom-to-be Kareena is in a food coma after lavish lunch sent by Armaan Jain

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:44 PM IST
  • Kareena Kapoor has shared a picture of her lavish lunch, sent by cousin Armaan Jain. Check it out here.
Close
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli recently welcomed a baby daughter.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli recently welcomed a baby daughter.

Anushka Sharma celebrates India's 'inspirational victory' against Australia

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:00 PM IST
  • Anushka Sharma has congratulated Team India on their historic victory against Australia on Tuesday.
Close
R Madhavan’s latest release was Maara on OTT.
R Madhavan’s latest release was Maara on OTT.

R Madhavan: Not the guy known for fashion sense

By Rishabh Suri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:49 PM IST
After 2020, 2021 again seems to be a busy year for R Madhavan
Close
Multiple women have accused Sajid Khan of sexual misconduct.
Multiple women have accused Sajid Khan of sexual misconduct.

Sherlyn accuses Sajid of exposing himself to her days after her dad's death

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:20 PM IST
  • Sherlyn Chopra has accused disgraced director Sajid Khan of sexual misconduct, adding that he's protected by the Bollywood 'mafia'.
Close
Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been in a relationship for quite some time now.
Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been in a relationship for quite some time now.

'Heard Varun Dhawan's getting married this weekend': Pahlaj spills the beans

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:03 PM IST
  • Pahlaj Nihalani has said that although he hasn't received an invitation, he's heard that Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal are tying the knot this weekend.
Close
Actor Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor’s upcoming Bollywood projects are a Vasan Bala directorial, Bindra biopic and an untitled romantic film. He is presently shooting for a thriller for an OTT platform.
Actor Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor’s upcoming Bollywood projects are a Vasan Bala directorial, Bindra biopic and an untitled romantic film. He is presently shooting for a thriller for an OTT platform.

Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor: Box office has zero relevance in deciding film's quality

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:30 PM IST
Actor Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor talks about his journey so far, upcoming films and why he finds the entire expectation around him carrying the legacy of his father Anil Kapoor forward a bit limiting.
Close
Suniel Shetty felt it was sweet of Akshay Kumar to call and reach out, “perhaps because we share a close relation”. (Yogen Shah)
Suniel Shetty felt it was sweet of Akshay Kumar to call and reach out, “perhaps because we share a close relation”. (Yogen Shah)

Akshay Kumar connects the real Bhairon Singh with the reel one, Suniel Shetty!

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Akshay Kumar met a veteran Army officer, Bhairon Singh, who played an important role in the historic war at Longewala in 1971 to Suniel Shetty, who played him in the movie Border (1997), as he was alive and not dead as shown in the film!
Close
Actor Aakanksha Singh, who will be seen in Ajay Devgn’s May Day, says that being healthy is all about being mentally as well as physically fit.
Actor Aakanksha Singh, who will be seen in Ajay Devgn’s May Day, says that being healthy is all about being mentally as well as physically fit.

Aakanksha Singh: People think celebs fake mental health issues for publicity

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:18 PM IST
The actor shares it is not always the case and earlier, people were conscious but now it is getting easier to talk about difficulties, depression and anxiety.
Close
Alia Bhatt in and as Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Alia Bhatt in and as Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Alia Bhatt hospitalised, co-star Seema Pahwa says Bhansali runs smooth set

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:46 PM IST
  • After Alia Bhatt's reported hospitalisation for exertion, her Gangubai Kathiawadi co-star, Seema Pahwa, said that director Sanjay Leela Bhansali doesn't rush actors with work.
Close
Rahul Khanna says he'll try to follow Malaika Arora's advice.
Rahul Khanna says he'll try to follow Malaika Arora's advice.

Malaika Arora drops Instagram advice with throwback pic, Rahul Khanna reacts

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:41 PM IST
  • Malaika Arora has shared a throwback picture from her Goa vacation with Arjun Kapoor, along with some advice. Rahul Khanna said that he'll try to follow it.
Close
Salman Khan has said that Radhe will release in theatres.
Salman Khan has said that Radhe will release in theatres.

Salman Khan confirms Radhe theatrical release on Eid 2021

By HT Entertainment Desk, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:39 PM IST
Salman Khan has now confirmed that after receiving requests of theatre owners from across the country, he will release his next, Radhe Your Most Wanted Bhai, in theatres on Eid this year.
Close
Kareena Kapoor Khan is expecting her second child with husband Saif Ali Khan.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is expecting her second child with husband Saif Ali Khan.

Kareena reveals secret to ‘glamorous’ look during pregnancy with K3G reference

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:08 PM IST
When Kareena Kapoor Khan was complimented about looking 'glamorous' during her pregnancy, she replied with a reference to her K3G character Poo.
Close
India trumped Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series.
India trumped Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series.

Ind vs Aus: SRK to ‘now sleep peacefully’, Amitabh recalls racial abuse, injury

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 03:44 PM IST
All from Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor to Karan Johar have tweeted to show their happiness on India's historic win over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series.
Close
Deepika Padukone poses in a large kitchen ahead of her AMA session.
Deepika Padukone poses in a large kitchen ahead of her AMA session.

Deepika reveals first thing she does after waking up, answers fan questions

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 03:43 PM IST
  • Actor Deepika Padukone answered quirky questions in an Instagram Ask Me Anything session on Tuesday.
Close
Hrithik Roshan on the sets of Mr Natwarlal starring Amitabh Bachchan.
Hrithik Roshan on the sets of Mr Natwarlal starring Amitabh Bachchan.

When Hrithik Roshan oversaw Amitabh Bachchan rehearsing for his singing debut

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:54 PM IST
Amitabh Bachchan has shared a rare black-and-white picture when he was rehearsing to sing his first song and Hrithik Roshan was witnessing the moment as a child.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP