Mumbai: Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who was trolled on social media after he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise for his trip to Pakistan in December last year, said he has every right to question the PM.
On Sunday, Mr Kashyap came out in support of filmmaker Karan Johar a day after the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India’s decided not to screen movies with Pakistani actors, a move that has hit hard Mr Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
Mr Kashyap said that PM Modi should say “sorry” for his trip to meet the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on December 25 as at the same time, Karan Johar was shooting “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. This did not go down well with people on Twitter.
Justifying his tweets, Mr Kashyap wrote: “Just to make it clear, I complain because I expect my government to protect us, I question the PM because I have every right to.”
The director contended that the real trade between the two countries has “not faced any kind of opposition, but we must pay the price for it”.
“And anyone who questions my love for the country by shouting, must prove their love by representing the country either on the border or prove your love by representing the country in an honourable way. Not by shouting here (on social media),” he said.
“And yes Sir Narendra Modi we need protection… It’s really high time. I refuse to live in the fear created by blind fanatics that you cannot have a conversation with your PM or question him or expect from him.”
“I would rather ask my questions directly to the PM than trying to impress him by fake nationalism of banning ‘what puts you in news’,” he added.
Anurag Kashyap, known for making hard-hitting films, has directed movies like “Black Friday”, “Dev.D”, “Gulaal”.
The decision came amid heightened India-Pakistan tensions after a terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, and the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control against terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir earlier this month.