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Bollywood reacts to Devyani Khobragade's arrest

Adman Prahlad Kakkar, Onir and Saif Ali Khan feel that removing barricades in response to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade will teach politeness to Americans; Kunal Kohli, Pritish Nandy think it is an election gimmick.

bollywood Updated: Dec 18, 2013 18:54 IST
Hindustan Times

Bollywood has come out in support of the Indian government’s retaliation to the 'insult' and 'humiliation' meted out to India’s deputy consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade.

The government, on Tuesday, withdrew security privileges from American diplomats by removing barricades around the US embassy in New Delhi and also sought information on salaries and wages paid to Indians employed by the US embassy and the American School.

Adman-filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar says that it’s an appropriate move. "The Americans have different rules for themselves and others. And they mistreat third world countries. But when they are in these countries (India in this case), they demand special privileges. All the privileges extended to them should be taken back. Also, all the South Asian countries should get together and tell the Americans to either respect the laws or stay off," says Kakkar.

Actor Saif Ali Khan agrees: "I think it’s a good message to the Americans to be a bit more polite to us," says Khan.

"She (Khobragade) might have done something wrong but the way she was treated was possibly not the best way. If we are extending certain diplomatic privileges to your (US) diplomats here (India), we would expect the same from you. It’s a give-and-take,” feels filmmaker Onir.

Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta tweeted, "Why just Delhi, barricades from all American embassies should be removed and all preferential privileges revoked. Let’s take a stand!"

Actress-singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthy also tweeted, "In the changing order and conciousness of the world what makes America thinks its so imp &powerful 2 trample d rest? Time 2 stop d nonsense." (sic)

Filmmaker Pritish Nandy however feels that it could be a pre election gimmick. "Unnecessary and overstated, without first considering the facts of the case. Pre-election machismo on full display," says Nandy.

Filmmaker Kunal Kohli, too, feels the same. "I wonder if it’s a pre-election gimmick. And where was this toughness all this while? After the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, we just said we will not play cricket with Pakistan!"

They, too, were humiliated

First Published: Dec 18, 2013 17:32 IST