Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar lashed out at BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao over his remarks that most Indian film stars have “very low IQ and very low general knowledge”.
“How dare you, sir?” Akhtar tweeted and tagged the BJP leader. “And to all film people in his ranks… Here’s what he thinks of you. Shame sir,” the actor wrote.
Akhtar’s comment was in reaction to an interview GVL Narasimha Rao gave to national news channel over the ongoing controversy on Tamil film “Mersal” that has scenes critical of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiatives.
Since the day of its release, “Mersal”, is in the news after the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP demanded removal of specific dialogues, which take a dig at GST and ‘Digital India’.Hitting out at the references, state BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan had told reporters in Chennai on Thursday that “Incorrect references have been made in ‘Mersal’ about GST … celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people.”
The producers of “Mersal”, which was released on Diwali, on Saturday said that they have decided to remove the scenes which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed to be showcasing “anti-Modi hatred”.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also joined the growing list of supporters for the beleaguered Vijay-starrer “Mersal” and in his tweet asked Modi not to ‘demon-etise’ Tamil pride by interfering in the movie.
Veteran actor Kamal Haasan also threw his weight behind the makers of the movie, asking those opposing the just-released Tamil movie (Mersal) over references to the GST to “counter criticism with logical response”.
The movie directed by Atlee was released on October 18, coinciding with Diwali festival.
Rahul Gandhi has lashed out at the Center, asking the Prime Minister not to “demonetise Tamil pride” with their interference.