Bollywood Stars Hail Currency Demonetization

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Mumbai: Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Taapse Pannu and Anumpan Kher have welcomed the government’s move to scrap Rs 500 and 1000 notes.

Shahid said it was an extremely important and bold step taken by the government.

“If we have to eliminate corruption, when it is so much, it is necessary to take a hard step. I think it’s still early to comment on how it’ll go because there are certain practicalities attached to the change in currency notes. It is going to be difficult.

Everybody is finding it difficult, but if it leads to less corruption, less black money, less fake money- which is also a very big issue we are facing- then I think it’s a bold step and in the right direction,” the “Udta Punjab” star told reporters. Deepika called it an exceptional move.

“I think it was high time (we did it). I would not like to comment much. But I think it was an exceptional move by the government… I would like to congratulate them on that.”

Kareena also praised the new development, saying, “It is a very good decision. When asked if she was facing inconvenience in currency exchange, she said, “I am only carrying Rs 2000 note, I don’t have Rs 500, 1000 note!”

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia said, “I know the common man is facing a lot of difficulty because of this condition but I know for a fact that it is for a good cause and eventually this will turn out to be the right thing to do. From a long run perspective this is the best thing to have happened.”

Aditi Rao Hydari said the common man is facing trouble with the sudden currency demonitisation but she feels it will benefit in the long run.

“People like vegetable vendors and others are facing inconvenience and I am trying to help them. But it is a very good step by the government.”

Taapsee said it is a risk worth taking.

“People will face problems obviously, but I think it should be good for the longer run… It is like an experiment, I don’t know if it will work or not but it is worth giving a shot.a

Veteran actor Anupam Kher also praised Modi’s decision to abolish Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency in a war against black money.

The 61-year-old actor agreed that people are facing trouble due to the sudden decision but backed the government, saying any kind of change requires people to step out of their comfort zone.

“The intention of demonetisation is to end black money. This is the intention. In its implementation you can say that there are few loopholes I agree that there should not have been any problem to people.”

He added, “They (the government) should have planned it a little better. But how can a revolution come in this country overnight. Of course, it will be uncomfortable,” Kher said.

Blasting those opposing the demonetisation, the actor said some people have suddenly realised that lower sections are facing troubles. He said, “Some people have suddenly got worried about their servants. But if they are really concerned about them, they should be standing in queues for them. They should help them. So, it’s very easy to criticise.” He added, “ I’m not here to defend the government, it is powerful enough to defend itself. There are enough ministers, who are powerful enough.”

While big industry names including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, south superstar Rajinikanth, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan among others have lauded PM Modi’s decision, celebrities like Arshad Warsi and Vishal Dadlani have slammed the initiative.

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