Reacting to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s tweets seeking apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Pakistan trip last year, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said that anyone seems to be questioning the prime minister these days just to be in the news.
“A new fashion has developed in India. A student or a film person can put a question or speak against PM without any logic to get into news,” he said.
While Kashyap wasn’t directly named in the tweet, he created a controversy on Sunday when he took to Twitter to attack Modi and extend his support to Karan Johar, whose film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has run into a controversy for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
“The World must learn from us. We solve all our problems by blaming it on movies and banning it.. #ADHM . With you on this @karanjohar,” he tweeted on Sunday morning.
Although the film industry remains divided on the issue, Kashyap made his stand clear on it when he added: “Just to make it clear, I complain because I expect my government to protect us, I question the PM because I have every right to.” Kashyap also tweeted that Modi hasn’t apologised for meeting Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in December 2015, when Johar was shooting for his film, which also features Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles.
The director-actor added that the people from the film industry had been “vulnerable for long” and while “the real trade between the two countries across the border has not faced any kind of opposition,” they have to pay the price for it.
Throughout the day, twitterati remained divided over Kashyap’s tweets criticising Modi. The 44-year-old filmmaker later asked the media to stop calling him. “You are wasting your time because this is all that I have to say and they are not drunk tweets.”