Despite constant provocations from Kangana Ranaut to take a stand on political and social issues, Alia Bhatt has refused to succumb to the pressure. But, when it comes to speaking his mind on political issues, Alia’s legendary filmmaker father Mahesh Bhatt never minces his words. Bhatt has recently appeared on a TV programme on Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV, where he slammed the pliable India media and the ruling BJP for manufacturing Islamophobia in the country.
Mahesh Bhatt told journalist Mehdi Hasan, “I think the wind of Islamophobia blew through the world after 9/11 and I think the phobia here is manufactured because I don’t think the average Indian is so frightened of a Muslim.”
For this Friday’s @AJUpFront, I asked @Javedakhtarjadu and @MaheshNBhatt, two of the biggest names in Bollywood, whether Narendra Modi is a fascist and why their fellow industry members have been so silent in the face of growing intolerance – preview clip:pic.twitter.com/E1hL3U5gKl
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 13, 2020
Bhatt continued, “I mean that kind of fear has been crafted and structured day in and day out. Media persons go out, pliable (TV) channels are working around the clock to create ‘the other.’ They need ‘the other’ to stay in power. And to hate the Muslims is the lifeline of the BJP. Let’s not mince our words.”
Also speaking on the show was Javed Akhtar who said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a fascist. Launching a brutal attack against Modi Javed Akhtar said, “Of course he (Modi) is (a fascist). I mean fascists don’t have horns on their heads. Fascist in thinking and this thinking that ‘we are better than others and whatever problem we have it is because of these people.’ The moment you hate people in wholesale, you’re a fascist.”
Earlier, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap had called Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah ‘terrorists’ after masked criminals entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and brutally thrashed left-leaning students and their union leaders. In a hard-hitting tweet, Kashyap had written in Hindi, “Now no shame in saying that Amit Shah and Narendra Modi, you and your BJP and ABVP are terrorists.”