Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who was trolled for tweeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Pakistan visit, on Tuesday sought to difuse a row, saying he was not asking the PM to apologise but merely pointing out that film industry was made a scapegoat in the situation.
The 44-year-old director, in series of tweets recently, had questioned why should only Indian filmmakers be targeted for casting Pakistani actors when the PM also made a trip to Lahore last year.
Kashyap said he has to unfortunately â€œexplain my intention behind tweetâ€ as his industry colleagues will suffer for his opinion.
â€œNO, Anurag Kashyap did not â€˜ask the PM to apologiseâ€™ (which most of the headlines would want you to believe...), I merely questioned the fairness in judgement of a situation: the PM visited Pakistan for talks at the same time that a filmmaker was working with a Pakistani actor. Neither was aware of future events or mood. Yet only one pays the price,â€ Kashyap wrote on his Facebook page.
The director, who was speaking against the demand by a section to ban Karan Joharâ€™s film â€œAe Dil Hai Mushkilâ€ because it has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, said people from the industry are always the first to be bullied.
â€œI am tired of the film industry being soft targets. We are damned if we do, damned if we donâ€™t! When we donâ€™t involve ourselves, they ask â€˜why is Bollywood quiet now?â€™ When we involve ourselves, we become the scapegoats to distract you from the real news. Either way they use us to sensationalise news,â€ Kashyap said.
The director said though the demand to ban the movies starring Pakistani artistes was not made by the government, the elected members should protect people from bullies.
â€œIâ€™m also well aware that the government did not cry â€˜BANâ€™ or demand that Pakistani artists be sent back. Just as Iâ€™m aware that the PM himself doesnâ€™t censor my films. But we elected them and so it is their responsibility to protect us from bullies - media or political parties.
â€œAnd when the governing partyâ€™s designated members donâ€™t respond in hours of crisis because they are second guessing the mood of the PM then I would rather talk straight to the PM himself.â€
Kashyap also questioned the trollers for asking proof of his patriotism. â€œThere was also sarcasm in the tweet that followed;
â€˜Bharat Mata Ki Jaiâ€™ was for those mindless trollers who constantly ask for proof of your patriotism. Apparently thats all it takes. It was a jibe at them. Patriotic slogans donâ€™t absolve you from it all. I hope this explains .. (sic)â€ (Also Read in Hindi)