The latest Bollywood superstar to enter the intolerance debate is Priyanka Chopra, who expressed her support for Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, both of whom had become targets of scathing attack from the supporters of Hindu right-wing parties in India.
Priyanka said that people were being ‘bashed’ for expressing their opinions.
“It is not just about this. I think everyone has an opinion about it. We are supposed to be the greatest democracy in the world.” There have been many incidents that have happened in the last few years where people have been bashed for giving their opinions. Everybody has an opinion. We are in a democracy. Our forefathers fought for freedom of speech and being Indian,” the actress was quoted by PTI.
His statement followed Shah Rukh expressing similar sentiments about the danger of religious intolerance. Days after Shah Rukh made his feelings known, the centre government-run Enforcement Directorate had grilled him for hours.
Priyanka’s upcoming movie Bajirao Mastani is set be released soon.