Vivek Agnihotri's The Vaccine War: Shashi Tharoor seeks legal advice against filmmaker's ‘lie’, 'cheap publicity bid'
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri accused Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal of promoting foreign Covid-19 vaccines for money
Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor called out filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri's claim that the former promoted foreign vaccines by taking money from the companies. Tharoor alleged that Agnihotri's assertions were ‘a cheap bid for publicity’. MP Tharoor also informed that he is seeking legal counsel challenging Agnihotri's claims.
“If a right-wing person promotes Jawaan for some money, that's not a problem. He is just earning some money. Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Virat Kohli promote products that they don't use and will not ever use. That's a business give and take." Agnihotri also compared his accusation of ministers in governance with celebrities and business.
The viral clip reached Tharoor who informed that he is seeking legal help against Agnihotri's claims, “It is a obviously a cheap bid for publicity, but the concern is that once a lie is repeated often enough, some people will start to believe it. Am seeking legal advice." Tharoor wrote.
Agnihotri had earlier launched an attack on Congress in September 2018, when he tweeted a listicle claiming that a survey from the BBC found that the Indian National Congress was the second most corrupt party in the world. The survey was proven to be fake and an online editor writing for the BBC said that they have never conducted such surveys.
Another instance of Agnihotri's targeted false claims was in March 2019, when he claimed that former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for the outcome of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Notably, the first Prime Minister of India and Congress leader Nehru had died in May 1964, and Lal Bahadur Shastri was Prime Minister during the war.
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