Famous for his serious acting, Bollywood actor, Abhay Deol, on Thursday slammed the Centre’s Narendra Modi government for its stand on banning Pakistani actors in India.
In an extraordinary news conference, Abhay minced no words on what he thought about the central government adding that he did not take the central government seriously.
He said, “If you want to ban anything to do with Pakistan, then go the distance. Don’t just ban the filmmakers, then ban imports,exports etc. When you do half a job, no one is going to take you seriously. I don’t take the Govt seriously.”
The actor didn’t stop here.
He added, “Right now it’s not looking like you mean it, it just looks like it gets you a lot of publicity and makes noise. I will support if you think banning anything to do with Pakistan is going to help our jawans.”
Abhay’s comments assume significance in light of his past credentials as someone, who’s had non-controversial image and never held any political biases. Abhay’s uncle Dharmendra Hema Malini are associated with the Hindu nationalist party, the BJP with both of them being elected to Lok Sabha on the saffron party’s tickets in the past.
Multiplex owners in four states have refused to release Karan’s Diwali release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Abhay’s outbursts against the perceived hypocrisy of the central government won him plenty of admirers on social media.
Here are some reactions;
Abhay Deol spoke out more clearly & logically in crisp sentences, than most politicians on the #ADHM ban. Says a lot about our lot.
— Suryanarayan Ganesh (@gsurya) October 20, 2016
Abhay Deol – Someone who has always been intelligent & fearless, be it in his film choices or statements. ????
— dr strange (@Munda_Kamaal) October 20, 2016
'Socha na tha', koi bollywood actor voice raise karega govt ke against. Abhay Deol said what needs to be said. #Respect
— Tarique Anwer (@tanwer_m) October 20, 2016
What's difference between Abhay Deol, Shrish Kunder & rest of publicity hungry drunkard trolls of Bollywood?
It's Spine or lack of it!
— Arun Shourie (@FeignShourie) October 20, 2016
— Amena (@Fashionopolis) October 20, 2016
Now watch so called "patriots" boycotting Abhay Deol and Kunaal Roy Kapur coz they didnt agree with them.
— Akanksha. (@dilmeinheerliye) October 20, 2016
An actor raising his voice 4 his beliefs when he doesn't hv his movie at stake is rare..Proud of u Abhay Deol..RESPECT n love raised!!
— Roopal? (@itzme_roopal) October 20, 2016
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) October 20, 2016
Amazed ! Abhay Deol has a voice unlike many Bollywood actors! 'Ban business, why only artists ?' https://t.co/QpUULmJJkf
— Dhirendra Panda (@dhirendrapanda) October 20, 2016