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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Does Amitabh Bachchan’s silence on CAB reflect bigotry against Muslims?

After Khans, Anurag Kashyap slammed Bollywood's Big B-Amitabh Bachchan for his silence on CAB and BJP's use of force to suppress dissent. While the same Bachchan had been a ferocious critic of Congress, does his silence implies for his covert support for ultra-nationalistic BJP. Is Amitabh Bachchan condoning controversial CAB through his silence?

Bollywood director, Anurag Kashyap savagely trolled actor Amitabh Bachchan for his silence on Citizenship Amendment Act, reported Indian media. Bachchans neither condemned the discriminatory CAA nor objected to the brutal use of force against the protestors in Delhi and other Indian states.

Anurag Kashyap, who is being viciously targeted for dissenting CAB and the BJP-led government, censured Amitabh Bachchan who tweeted to extend early New Year’s greetings to his followers.

Amitabh Bachchan wrote: “Only a few days left for the arrival of the new year. But, no need to worry. It’s only a matter of 19-20.”

Kashyap shot back at Bachchan and wrote that: “This time, it’s not a matter of 19 and 20 sir. The difference this time is huge. For now, you take care of your health. You had done your bit in the 70s (by taking on the evils in films as an angry young man). Since then, we are carrying the real Bachchan within us. This time, we will deal with everyone whether that is Gabbar or Shakal or Lion.”

Meanwhile, it is noteworthy to recall that Gabbar, Shakal, and Lion were famous on-screen villains in the 1970s.

The same Amitabh Bachchan who has been mummed about the fierce assault on the Jamia Milia University students and AMU in Uttar Pradesh was an extremely vocal critic of Manmohan Singh-led Congress government.

To deflect the backlash on him for his silence on the brutal assault CAB he shared a quote on his Twitter account. The post read: “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them .. and you have their shoes !!”

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

While the silence of Khans can be attributed to their fear of being derided by ultra-nationalistic groups, what justifies the silence of Bachchans on the glaringly controversial CAB and use of government’s resort to brutal assaults to suppress the dissent. Does Amitabh Bachchan’s silence imply for the hidden bigotry and disdain for minorities, particularly Muslims?