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Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who was in Ahmedabad on Tuesday to screen his award-winning film, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, termed Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar as “intellectual terrorists”. Agnihotri’s film, however, could not be screened at the auditorium in H K college campus and his interaction with NID-Ahmedabad students was cancelled on Tuesday.
Agnihotri had earlier tweeted his scheduled interactions at NID-Ahmedabad following the screening of the film and later at the Gujarat University – all were cancelled.
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Responding to a query at a press meet, he said, “Hardik Patel and Kanhaiya Kumar are absolutely intellectual terrorists – they have been created. Can Hardik Patel have been created on his own or Kanhaiya? If you remove the faculty backing Kanhaiya then he wouldn’t know what to say. When he gives interviews, he speaks nonsense. There is nothing new in his (Kanhaiya) speeches, we have heard the same speeches since our university days, this is a template for them…”
The film which is set to release this week has toured 35 top varsities and colleges in the last 40 days. It was screened at IIT-Gandhinagar this March. National Institute of Design (NID) faculty Sekhar Mukherjee Tuesday confirmed that the filmmaker’s interaction with NID students who were busy with their juries and semester-end had been cancelled.
Jaykush Modi, an ABVP member, said, “We have cancelled the show due to unavoidable reasons. A right wing entity called Think India – a pan India initiative that has students of all premier institutes from across India as its members, including IIMs and IITs – had organised this event.” Post the JNU premier which was mired in controversy, the film has recently received Rs 1.5 crore backing by five Gujaratis, including Dhollywood producer and real estate developer Sharad Patel, who is one of the producers of Gujarati blockbuster Chhello Divas.