Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s comments in Kolkata – “questioning freedom of expression” – have sparked a Twitter battle between Bengal’s Trinamool Congress and the centre’s ruling BJP, bitter rivals who have accused each other of “tyranny”.
Behind this comes the fight BJP leaders call for boycott against ‘Pathan’Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming movie, who was on stage at the Kolkata Film Fest along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan today attacked BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya, who tweeted: “Amitabh Bachchan’s words couldn’t have been more prophetic since he was on stage with Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. Like holding a mirror. To a tyrant.”
Ms Jahan tweeted the quote and said “signs of a tyrannical regime include banning films, detaining journalists and punishing ordinary people for speaking the truth”.
An actor before becoming a politician, he accused the BJP of “capping freedom” “while Mr. Amit Malviya is busy accusing others”.
Signs of a tyrannical regime include banning films, detaining journalists and punishing ordinary people for speaking the truth.
That is exactly what capping freedom of speech and expression means.
— Nussrat Jahan (@nusratchirps) December 15, 2022
Mr Bachchan, known to avoid anything remotely controversial, spoke on Thursday about British-era censorship and communalism and then said on stage with Shah Rukh Khan: “Still – and I’m sure my colleagues on stage would agree – questioning civil liberties and freedom of expression. happening.”
Mr Malviya immediately shared the comment with a sarcastic comment, calling Mamata Banerjee “the tyrant under whom India has witnessed the bloodiest post-poll violence”. After last year’s bitter election contest in West Bengal, the BJP has been accusing Trinamool cadres of attacking BJP supporters.
At the heart of the latest row, however, is the BJP and other Hindutva organizations calling for a boycott of ‘Pathan’, which they call a “love jihad”, pairing a Hindu actress and a Muslim actor and pointing to their “saffron” and “green”. In ‘Besharam Rang’ song outfit. Its in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra The leaders threatened to ban the movie.
However, the makers of the film did not respond Shah Rukh Khan was seen addressing this in his speech At the Kolkata Film Fest on Thursday: “The collective narrative of our time has been created through social media. Contrary to the belief that social media will negatively impact cinema, I believe cinema has a more important role to play now.”
“I read somewhere that negativity increases the use of social media and thereby increases its commercial value. Such pursuits bind the collective narrative, making it divisive and destructive,” added Mr Khan.
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