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Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar— actors in selfie with PM Modi speak up over Jamia protests

Hindi actors, including those who were part in a selfie with PM Modi, were called out for not speaking up against the police action against students of Jamia Millia and AMU.

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New Delhi: The recent protests by the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University followed by Delhi Police’s action against students of the two universities has led to nationwide uproar.

Students communities from across the country have condemned the incidents. People are also taking out protest marches against the alleged brutality of the police.

Amid all this, people are also condemning the silence of people from the film and sports fraternity.

In the wake of these demands, Article 15 fame actor Sayani Gupta tweeted a selfie of actors from the Hindi cinema industry with PM Narendra Modi urging them to condemn the “act of police brutality and violence against students”.

Of the 12 actors tagged in the tweet, five issued statements in solidarity with the students.

Actors Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sidharth Malhotra expressed their opinion about the incident on Twitter, while Varun Dhawan tweeted a picture depicting religious harmony.

Rajkumar Rao was the first to openly condemn the violence by the Delhi Police and the act of destruction of public properties.

Soon, Ayushmann Khurana followed and said that he was “deeply disturbed about what the students went through”. He added that “ahimsa should be the tool to express” and asked for people to keep faith in democracy.

Vicky Kaushal also said that faith in democracy must not be shaken under any circumstances.

Actor Sidharth Malhotra and Bhumi Pednekar also strongly condemned the violence.

Varun Dhawan did not issue a statement about the incident but tweeted a picture of four hands joined together with Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian written on them with the caption ‘Jai Hind’, possibly trying to send out a message of religious harmony.

Twitter community called out actors Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan too for not speaking up against the violence against students.

Shah Rukh Khan is an alumnus of Jamia Millia University, where violence broke out on Sunday evening. Students later alleged Delhi Police personnel beat them up while the university administration said police had not been given permission to enter the campus.

People urged the three Khans to also raise their voice against the recently passed Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Meanwhile, actor Akshay Kumar, who is known for his pro-govt stance, said he “accidentally” liked a tweet supporting Jamia students. The tweet said, “Congratulations!! Jamia got freedom.”

The actor later clarified that he unliked the tweet and said that there is “no way he supports such acts”.

Apart from the actors in the selfie, many other members of the Hindi film fraternity including Parineeti Chopra, Dia Mirza, Anubhav Sinha and Anurag Kashyap have expressed their displeasure over the incident.

The much-hyped selfie was taken on 10 January, 2019 when a delegation of actors and directors met PM Modi in Delhi to discuss Bollywood’s participation in nation-building. They also discussed issues faced by the industry, which led to the reduction in GST on film tickets by the government.

Also read: ‘Galat ladke’ sneaked into crowd: Jamia videos show police officer urging students for calm


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  1. It sure is democratic to put words in others mouths. Because we all know that the principle of democracy is to NOT respect the fact that all people won’t have the same opinion as yours on an issue, especially one as politically sensitive as this.

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