Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan has had to face a barrage of personal attacks both from Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli on social media after she posted tweets critical of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Launching a tirade against Soni and her star daughter Alia, Kangana’s sister had recently said that the duo had no business to comment on the Indian politics when they themselves held British passports. Opening up about her citizenship status, Soni Razdan had taken to Twitter to clarify that urging people to vote against hate had nothing to do with one’s citizenship. She had written “Urging people to vote against hate has nothing to do with citizenship and everything to do with being a human being. We are all human beings first and citizens of the world we live in. Secularism and democratic principles are values and it’s those that I stand for. #VoteOutHate”
Soni was recently asked if personal attacks from Kangana and her family members bothered her. She told news agency PTI, “Everybody is human, and I’m not an alien… I do feel bad but then at some point you have to stop feeling bad. You have to think who’s trying to make me feel bad and why.”
Soni Razdan is busy promoting her film Yours Truly, which is set to premiere on Friday (3 May) on ZEE5, an on-demand service by Zee Media. She said that even though many of her well-wishers advised not to air her personal views on politics on Twitter, it was important to introspect and not give the power to hurt to anyone.
PTI quoted her as saying, “You need to ask those questions and then you’ll find the answers. And then you stop feeling bad immediately. Why give this person the power to make you sad in the first place?
“There are people who say, ‘Don’t write that, just promote your films. Why do you have to make a comment about this?’ I feel but why not. If I feel something, when am I going to say something? When I’m dead? You come to a certain age in life and wonder ‘I am holding back for what?’ Why not just say it?”
The debate on the citizenship status of certain Bollywood stars has gained momentum in this year’s parliamentary polls. Alia had told a newspaper recently, “Unfortunately, I can’t vote because I have a British passport.” A report by The Quint website had said that aside from Alia, Akshay Kumar too could not vote because he was a Canadian citizen.
These actors have what’s known as an Overseas Citizen of India card, which allows them to enjoy the same privileges as an Indian citizen with a few exceptions.