MUMBAI: Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who was trolled via web-based networking media after he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologize for his trek to Pakistan in December a year ago, said he has each privilege to scrutinize the PM.
On Sunday, Mr Kashyap turned out in support of producer Karan Johar a day after the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India’s chosen not to screen motion pictures with Pakistani performers, a move that has hit hard Mr Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” which highlights Pakistani on-screen character Fawad Khan.
Mr Kashyap said that PM Modi ought to say “sorry” for his excursion to meet the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on December 25 as in the meantime, Karan Johar was shooting “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. This did not run down well with individuals 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 choice came in the midst of increased India-Pakistan strains after a dread assault on an armed force camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, and the Indian Army’s surgical strikes over the Line of Control against fear monger platforms in Pakistan-involved Kashmir recently.