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Swara Bhaskar slams Paresh Rawal’s comment on Arundhati, Ashoke Pandit supports actor

Terming noted author Arundhati Roy as “anti-national”, fiilmmaker and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) member Ashoke Pandit has extended support to Paresh Rawal’s comment where the actor said Roy should have been tied on the army jeep, instead of the stone pelter.

bollywood Updated: May 26, 2017 07:18 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Swara Bhaskar,Paresh Rawal,Arundhati Roy
Slamming actor Paresh Rawal for his comments on Arundhati Roy, Swara Bhaskar said, “Disgusting! Go join the #GauRakshaks Paresh sir, your ilk are out in murderous mobs”.

Hours after Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal raked up a Twitter storm after he took a jibe at noted writer Arundhati Roy, filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit came in support of the saffron party leader asserting that Roy has always been an ‘anti-national’ person. Bollywood actor Swara Bhaskar, on the other hand, has slammed the Hera Pheri star.

Paresh Rawal tweeted, “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!”

“I support Paresh Rawal’s statement because it is a real expression and emotion. Arundhati Roy has always been anti-national; she has been supporting the terrorists in Kashmir,” Pandit said.

“She is not the only one to be blamed; there are many more, who deserve to be tied to a jeep and be treated the same. So, with heart and soul, I support Paresh Rawal,” he added.

Earlier, Rawal took to Twitter to post a seemingly out-of-context tweet that conveyed the idea of ‘tying’ Roy to an Army jeep, drawing reference from a similar incident when a Kashmiri resident was tied to a jeep last month. “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!”, the Lok Sabha member tweeted on late Sunday night.

Rawal’s tweet drew ire on the social media and people outrightly condemned the actor’s “education.” Many of them even highlighted the irony of his statement vis-a-vis his powerful performances in the movies.”

Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, actor Swara Bhaskar and several others have slammed Rawal for making the insensitive comment.

An award-winning writer, Arundhati Roy is known for her controversial views on Kashmir. She has also widely criticised the Army’s role in the Valley.

In April, a Kashmiri resident, allegedly a stone-pelter, was tied to an Army jeep as a human shield. This incident sparked an outrage in the Valley and across the country, following which an inquiry was launched into the incident.

(With ANI inputs)

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First Published: May 23, 2017 10:53 IST