New Delhi: At a time when Bollywood veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah is facing criticism for his remarks on the spate of mob lynching cases in India, another actor Ashutosh Rana came out in Shah’s support saying everyone has right to speak their mind.

Addressing the reporters, Rana said, “Everyone should have a right to share their thoughts with their friends or other people without any fear. If any of our brothers or friends say something, we should not only listen to them but also ponder over it.”

His remarks came two days after veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s statement on mob violence in the country triggered a controversy. (ALSO READ: ‘If Anyone Feels Unsafe, Then It’s a Sign of Insecure Mentality’: Prakash Javadekar Snubs Naseeruddin Shah)

Many political leaders had slammed the actor Naseeruddin Shah and said that India is the most tolerant country. Even Anupam Kher also questioned Shah and asked him how much freedom do you need in the country?

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also quoted Shah and targeted his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. ”We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities…Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens,” had said Imran Khan. (Also Read: Take Care of Your Own Country, we Know How to Handle Our Issues: Naseeruddin Shah Snubs Pak PM)

Recently, a video was released in which Shah had said that the djinn of intolerance was now out and there was no way of putting it back in the bottle. He said the poison is all-pervasive and now everyone has the freedom to go right ahead and do as they please.

In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, the veteran actor said the death of a cow was being given importance over the killing of a policeman in India.  He said the “poison has already spread” and it will be now difficult to contain it.

“It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands…I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon,” Shah added.