Will film industry make a movie on wrestling protesters? Naseeruddin Shah answers2 min read 30 May 2023, 06:38 PM IST
Actor Naseeruddin Shah said that Hindi film industry generally stays ‘mum on important issues'
On being asked if Bollywood will make a movie on the protesting wrestlers in the national capital, Taj actor Naseeruddin Shah said that the Hindi film industry was never the one to roll up its sleeves and tackle issues head-on.
He also added that the Hindi film industry's aversion to burning social issues is not new as makers and artists are always scared of repercussions. It has been more than a month, and star wrestlers like Sakshi Malik, Phogat sisters, and Bajrang Punia are protesting against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. They are demanding the arrest of the WFI chief over sexual harassment charges. Days ago, award-winning wrestlers were detained by the police, and their tents were removed from the protesting sites at Jantar Mantar, Delhi.
“The atmosphere of hate makes it worse, makes it stronger, and that's why this is happening. So, everyone is scared. Not that the Hindi film industry was particularly politically or socially aware at any stage. You had filmmakers like K A Abbas, V Shantaram, very progressive movies," said Shah on Tuesday.
‘Right now it is Muslim hate’
Talking about the recent trend prevailing in the Indian film industry right now, Shah said, "Right now, it is Muslim hate, which is very, very popular." He expressed his opinion that people in the industry are “scared of the amount they have to lose and the personal harassment."
He went ahead and called the arrest of Aryan Khan as a warning from the centre that this can happen to anybody who raises a voice against the government.
"I think the imprisonment of young Aryan Khan was a message that if we can do this (to) Shah Rukh (Khan) we can do it to anybody, so watch out. That was the message," he said.
Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan was arrested in a drugs case by the Narcotics Control Bureau in 2021. He was later granted bail. He expressed his concern on the issue calling it an indication that society "seems to be heading backward and that is very scary."
He also recalled an incident when a person had sent him a fully funded ticket to Pakistan.
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