Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan has lately become very vocal with her opinion on social and political issues. The latest in the series is her epic response that silenced veteran actor Anupam Kher, who had slammed members of his own fraternity for issuing an appeal against the BJP.
Last week, over 700 Bollywood celebrities including Naseeruddin Shah, Anurag Kashyap, Konkana Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah had written to voters to vote wisely in this year’s Lok Sabha polls to defeat the BJP. They had argued that defeating the BJP was important to save the inclusive fabric of India restored since the saffron party’s politics of hate had added too much poison in the society.
Reacting to their appeal, Kher, a known flag-bearer of Hindutva politics and ardent supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took to Twitter to slam his colleagues from the industry. He wrote, “So some people from my fraternity have issued a letter for public to vote out the present constitutionally elected government in the coming elections. In other words they are officially campaigning for opposition parties. Good!! At least there are no pretensions here. Great.” Kher had also added an animation of him chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai, a slogan that has come to symbolise the right-wing brigade in India.
So some people from my fraternity have issued a letter for public to vote out the present constitutionally elected government in the coming elections. In other words they are officially campaigning for opposition parties. Good!! At least there are no pretensions here. Great. ? pic.twitter.com/gqnZBGNdKa
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) April 6, 2019
Kher faced incessant trolling from social media users, who wondered why it was wrong for only some in Bollywood to extend their support to a political party of their choice. But what elicited a response was the question from Soni, who asked, “Anupam if you can align yourself to the present Govt why would you think others doing the same is any different ? Just curious.”
Anupam if you can align yourself to the present Govt why would you think others doing the same is any different ? Just curious
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) April 7, 2019
Left red-faced, Kher clarified that he was only sharing his observation and not protesting against the members of his own fraternity. He wrote, “Dearest Soni! It was an observation. Not a complaint.:)”
Perhaps not satisfied with his response, Soni replied sarcastically, “Acha jee :).”
Last week, the joint petition by artists in 12 languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Assamese, Telugu, Punjabi, Konkani, Urdu and Gujarati, had urged voters to remember how the BJP had given a free rein to Hindutva goons since it came to power at the Centre five years ago.
It had said, “The coming elections are without doubt the most critical in the history of independent India. A democracy must empower its weakest, its most marginalised. A democracy cannot function without questioning, debate, and a vibrant opposition. All this is being concertedly eroded by the current government. The BJP, which came to power five years ago with the promise of development, has given free rein to Hindutva goons to indulge in the politics of hate and violence. The man who was portrayed as the saviour of the nation five years ago has destroyed the livelihoods of millions through his policies. He promised to bring back black money; instead, rogues have looted the country and run away. The wealth of the rich has grown astronomically, while the poor have become even poorer.”
Earlier, hundreds of independent filmmakers and noted authors had issued a similar appeal urging voters to defeat the BJP for its hate agenda.