Farhan Akhtar criticises Modi govt on fuel price hike, gets supports from Raveena Tandon after being trolled


Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is known to be a man with strong views on both politics and social issues. Earlier this month, he had slammed the Twitter management after the microblogging site said it not find any violation in rape threats against actor Richa Chadha.

In a scathing tweet, Farhan had written, “Top management at Twitter must regroup and decide what they’d like their service to be remembered for. If it’s for good, then they need to get smarter in its regulation. Rape and death threats cannot be allowed or go unpunished.”

Farhan had also come to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rescue after the Congress shared a video of him with the rape convict Asaram moments after the latter was sent to life in jail.

On Wednesday, the actor-director took to Twitter to express his anguish on the record hike in fuel prices in India. His tweet read, “₹84 per litre mubarak to you and your loved ones. Actual cost I believe is ₹31, based on info i could find online (do correct me if I’m wrong, happy to learn) .. the rest are central & state taxes, cess & commissions. Just so you know that the price can be brought down.”

His tweet evoked angry reactions from the supporters of the current BJP-led government at the Centre with many posting nasty replies on Farhan’s timeline. However, far from being fazed, the actor decided to respond to his critics. One user asked, “Yeah. Weren’t you the guy who was shouting yourself hoarse against the Mumbai Metro? Try taking public transport once in a while. You want cheap fuel to drive your SUVs around?” To which Farhan responded, “You’re memory fails you. I’m not against the Metro at all. Never was. However, I do feel the shed doesn’t need to be in Aarey and destroy hectares of green cover that our city desperately needs.”

In response to another troll, Farhan wrote, “Yes it’s all Bollywood’s money lying in those Swiss banks that we await the return of with bated breath. ? You are so naive.. And maybe you should research how many Bollywood people pay their taxes apart from generate entertainment tax for most states.”

He then called for a ‘Swacch Twitter Abhiyan’ while to the use of profanity by his critics. He wrote, “Profanity in replies are used by those who want to hurt you and not debate you. So basically, they’ve lost the argument before it even began. And they get muted. Woohoooo.! #SwachhTwitterAbhiyan”

The striking feature of Farhan’s tweet on fuel price rise and his subsequent responses to his trolls was how he found support in actor Raveena Tandon. Aside from retweeting Farhan’s tweet on the fuel price hike, Raveena also posted her views on the topic. She wrote, “As a layperson and not an expert. It’s simple , higher the transport prices may be the rich can carpool,that’s good for the environment. But the prices of daily consumer needs goes up, basic need for the poor Dals vegetables get costlier in the market.”

In a separate tweet, Raveena said that whilst it ‘might not be any government’s fault,’ it ‘can make the corrections, when in power so that the poor don’t suffer and bear the brunt.’

Both Farhan and Raveena have commented on the steep rise in the prices of petrol and diesel at a time when big Bollywood names such as Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Akshay Kumar have chosen to stay quiet. Akshay, Kher and Bachchan were very vocal on fuel price hike during the UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh.

Akshay was trolled this week after it emerged that he had deleted his old tweet targeting the UPA government on fuel price hike.