New Delhi: After getting trolled over his comments on Bulandshahr mob violence, Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah‘s keynote address at the Ajmer Literature festival was cancelled amid protests by right-wing groups on Friday evening.
The keynote address was cancelled in lieu of a video in which Shah was seen talking about the Bulandshahr violence. In the clip, the Bollywood actor spoke about how more importance is given to the death of a cow as against the killing of a policeman. He also expressed concern over the life of his children if they are surrounded by a mob for which he was widely trolled.
“Tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, “Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?” they will have no answer. Because they have no religion,” he had said.
The actor said the “poison has already spread” and it will be now difficult to contain it. “There is complete impunity for those who take the law into their own hands. We have already witnessed that the death of a cow has more significance (in today’s India) than that of a police officer,” said Shah.
Shah’s outburst had invited angry comments. A user commented on the YouTube video shared by Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, a travelling activist collective that is focused on highlighting and combating instances of hate crimes and mob lynching, saying “I think Gulfam Hasan’s character played by him in ‘Sarfarosh’ is actually his real character. Anti-Indian elements are using social media very shrewdly.”
The comment was in reference to his character in the 1998 action-drama “Sarfarosh” in which he played a Pakistani singer who aids cross-border terrorism.
“This is the same guy who signed mercy petition of Yakub Memon. Problem is within you Mr Gulfam Hassan #Nasiruddinshah,” another user wrote on Twitter. “Criminals and corrupt have to fear in India. Go to Pakistan #NaseeruddinShah,” another user commented.
The actor was also trolled recently for his comment on cricketer Virat Kohli where he called the Indian skipper “world’s worst behaved player.”
Interestingly, the actor posted an update on Facebook, hours after his criticism of Kohli, writing, “Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. – Chelsea Manning, activist.”