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Bollywood celebrities join anti-CAB protests amid deafening silence of three Khans

Bollywood Khans may choose to remain mum over the discriminatory and abhorrent CAB and NRC but the world is aware of their fears masked by silence under the garb of nationalism.

More Bollywood celebrities have joined in the protest against Citizen Amendment Bill and the brutal use of force by India’s law enforcement agencies to quell protests against CAB.

Contrary to the deafening silence by Bollywood’s three superstars Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan on the issue, India’s notable actor and director Farhan Akhtar has not only condemned the bill but is even spearheading anti-CAB demonstrations.


Farhan’s mother, veteran actress Shabana Azmi, also joined the protest and released a short video on her Twitter account. She read out a few verses penned down by her husband, Javed Akhar and India’s prolific lyricist to expressed dissent against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Bollywood actress, Parineeti Chopra condemned the use of brutal force by Delhi Police on the student protestors of the Jamia Milia University.

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After the abhorrent use of force to silence the protestors, a bill must be passed to strip off India’s identity of a democratic state, wrote sore Parineeti Chopra in her tweet. She called ‘barbaric’ to beat the innocent protestors and even slammed the discriminatory Citizen Amendment bill.

Parineeti Chopra is among the score of Bollywood celebrities who censured the assault on student protestors in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. But Bollywood actors including the A-lister Khans, who have remained silent in the face of brutalities on students came under fire on social media.

Moreover, Swara Bhaskar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Siddharth Malhotra, Akshay Kumar have come forward to decry the use of force to quell the student protestors.

However, Bollywood’s top brass, the Kapoors, the Bachchans, the Khans, and Karan Johar have been tight-lipped about the issue.

Khans’ silence irked Indians

Bollywood’s King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, was the most criticized actor on Indian Twitter. People questioned Khan’s silence on Delhi Police’s assault despite him being the Alma Mater of Jamia Milia University.

People equated his silence on the issue to his fear of being slandered by the extremist BJP and RSS as anti-national and Pakistan’s empathizer, if he vocally condemns the government.

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Indian Twitter users are thrusting Shah Rukh Khan to speak up on the issues since he is an influential voice in Bollywood. Khan seems to have resorted to silence to escape the expected wicked dissension from the advocates of government.

There has been a growing uneasiness regarding the brazenly spurious silence of the three superstars Khans of Bollywood against the segregationist CAB and National Register of Citizen that attempts to overrun the Muslim population in India.

Columnist Sanjay Jha, spokesperson for National Congress Party, in his article explained that it is not easy to carry a Khan surname in India, where religion extremist is hounding the minorities and razing its secular setup.

He, however, asserts that the collective voice of three Khans of Bollywood will fall short to challenge the rising religious bigotry and divisional politics ruling India these days where India’s billionaire clubs have also become cheerleaders of the Modi’s disastrous policies.