Bollywood actress, Parineeti Chopra condemned the use of brutal force by Delhi Police on the student protestors of the Jamia Milia University.
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.
If this is what’s gonna happen everytime a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC.— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) December 17, 2019
“If this is what’s gonna happen every time a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC,” she wrote.
Parineeti Chopra is amongst 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.
The inflamed Indians censured notable Bollywood celebrities for choosing to be Modi’s advocates and glaring silence on the tragedy.
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.
Shah Rukh – @iamsrk – son of a freedom fighter, alumnus of Jamia
Aamir – @aamir_khan – family of freedom fighters, descendant of Maulana Azad
Salman – @BeingSalmanKhan – Being Human
Indians made them stars. But they are mute when their voice is needed. What are u scared about?— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) December 16, 2019
Dear @iamsrk , your alma mater is under attack. Students brutally beaten up. NOT a word from you.
Everytime attackers from same ideology attacked you, we defended you. But you have failed us
Good luck with your Stockholm Syndrome!
Officially giving up being your biggest fan!
— Aman Wadud (@AmanWadud) December 16, 2019
It’s a scandal that @iamsrk has not offered one word of support to his Alma Mater. Since we know that you’re not out of sympathy with them, we have to conclude that you’re terrified of this government, which should be terrifying for the rest of us.— Aatish Taseer (@AatishTaseer) December 16, 2019
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.
A few of his fans supported his decision to remain silent since Khan was once the victim of slurs back in 2010. His movie ‘My Name is Khan’ was criticized by BJP.
He spoke. In 2010. In 2015, his 2 films arguably lost 50 Cr+ gross revenue. His brand was severely maligned by SS and BJP. He was compared with Hafiz Saeed by the current CM of UP! He faced ED inquiry immediately after 2015. You speak up because you are NOT SHAH RUKH KHAN. https://t.co/mXIibllMB7— Jinesh (@iam_Jinesh) December 17, 2019
Similarly, Salman Khan has also been subjected to defamation several times. His various statements have stirred controversy earlier. For instance, vouching for peace with Pakistan after the Pulwama attack and supporting Pakistani artists working in Bollywood brought immense opposition to him. The actor has received threatening statements from Shiv Sena frequently.
Salman Khan declined the call for war between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama attack.
“Those who order wars should be sent to the forefront and be told that you fight first. Their hands and feet will tremble. The war will be over in a day. Then they will sit across the table and talk,” said Khan during the press conference for his movie ‘Tubelight’.
— SakShamx (@iamsaksham97) December 17, 2019
On another occasion, he supported his calls to allow the Pakistani actors working in Bollywood, said that there is a ‘difference between terrorists and actors’. With so much dissension, perhaps Salman Khan chose to remain mum on the CAB protests and assault on Jamia Milia students.
Even Aamir Khan was criticized on social media. A politician from Congress called out Aamir Khan in his Twitter post to voice his support for the students. Adding that despite being the direct descendant of freedom fighter, Maulana Azad, Aamir Khan’s silence on the issue is disturbing.