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You can be killed for dating someone from another caste in India: Saif Ali Khan

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Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan in his latest interview have remarked that one could be killed for voicing an opinion against the government in India. The actor commenting on the rising intolerance added that marrying or dating the person from another caste is a heinous crime for which many people are killed in some parts of India.

“I don’t know how much you can criticise your government in India, somebody might kill you,”

“If you date someone from the wrong caste, somebody will kill you in some parts of India. That’s just the way it is,” said Saif. “We are at the edge but we try and make interesting things. It’s frustrating when somebody tries to pull it down. Let’s hope justice and some better sense prevails here.”

Saif Ali Khan is part of a Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’. Sacred Games is a political drama that features Saif Ali Khan as protagonist cop, Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The plot of the series has unapologetically depicted the political culture of India. An online venture of Anurag Kashyap and Vikram Bhatt has garnered the likes from the critics for its gritty storyline.

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The series was released on 6th July on streaming website, however, soon it was gripped in controversies. The opponents from Congress Party objected to its content and demanded to take down the movie from the streaming website after it seemed to have taken a dig at the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.

Saif Ali Khan has strongly condemned the protest erupted in the aftermath of the release of the series. “It will be deeply frustrating if something happens to Sacred Games. If someone says you can’t air this or if Netflix is discontinued, then that will be my turn to be outraged,” the 47-year-old actor replied.

“There’s no genuine cause for outrage. We wouldn’t genuinely want to upset anyone. It’s not the style of Netflix. Anurag Kashyap and Vikram Bhatt have not been ridiculous in their violence, their approach to sex or their subject matter. We have not taken advantage of the fact that there’s no censorship.”

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A Congress member Rajiv Sinha lodged a complaint against the makers of the Sacred Games. In his complaint, he mentioned a scene of the movie in which actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui calls former Prime Minister ‘phattu’ seen as a derogatory term.

Sinha, however, took his complaint back after Rahul Gandhi showed restraint and vouched for freedom of expression. Rahul Gandhi tweeted that “the views of a character on a fictional web series” cannot change the contributions and sacrifices that his father made for the country