Juhi Chawla (Photo Credit: Instagram)
On Wednesday, Bollywood stars Juhi Chawla and Dalip Tahil attented an event organised by the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in Mumbai's Shivaji Park. The two spoke in favour of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill. The videos going viral on the internet show Juhi asking the crowds if anybody among them had never taken a holiday in five years. The crowd took her hint and began chanting, 'Modi, Modi', in refence to the PM's claims that he takes no holiday.
During the interaction with press, Juhi was asked about the recent slew of protests against an alleged attack on JNU students. To this, she replied, ''Can we stop reacting and start responding. We should understand the thing first and then speak about it.''
#LIVE Juhi Chawla @iam_juhi :— YKSHEETAL ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ (@YKSHEETAL) January 8, 2020
How many of us have not taken even a single day leave in last five years? Only one person & that person is now our PM. Don't you think we should respect him as he always worries for what's next should be done for India!
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Tahil in a separate interview implied that the incident at JNU was ‘scripted’ and wondered why the same university is at the centre of such controversies time and again.
On Tuesday, Deepika Padukone also visited Jawahar Lal Nehru University to express solidarity with the students. While some praised her brave feat for being one among few Bollywood A-listers to take a 'political stand', some found it as a mere publicity stunt for her upcoming film Chhapaak that turned her to a producer.
Other personalities such as Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Anubhav Sinha have also been attending various protests around Mumbai.