In the recent past, both mainstream and alternative media houses have seen a rise in incidents of extreme intolerance, violence and bigotry against many Bollywood celebrities, eminent writers, artists, and musicians. From Amir Khan to Swara Bhaskar to Arundhati Roy and Priyanka Chopra, none of these celebrities and personalities have been spared and all of them have been labelled either ‘anti-national’ – traitor – anti-Hindu or communal. Here are 7 Bollywood Celebs – 7 ‘anti-nationals’ apparently; read on to know how regressive and narrow-minded the Indian society is becoming.
1) Priyanka Chopra
PC is the newest Indian celebrity to make it into the list of ‘anti-national’ Indian celebs. The outrage was sparked when an episode of ABC studio’s TV show, Quantico portrayed Indians planning an attack in Manhattan and framing Pakistan days before a summit on Kashmir. The so-called nationalists have also requested the Government of India to delete a particular scene in the show which showed Priyanka holding up Hindu prayer beads as evidence against the fictional Indian culprit responsible for the fictional attack in the fictional show.
The slams got so ugly that Piggy had to issue an apology saying:
“I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologize. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.”
At this point, I personally have nothing to say to the people who have been apparently outraged by the episode of Quantico, and also, at this point, I am too scared to voice my opinions on them because I love my life, and it would be like talking to robots, not the cool AI-based robots, but more like bigotry based sick-evil-robots, like the evil Chitti.
2) Amir Khan
In March 2015 Amir Khan had raised the issue of ‘rising intolerance’ in the country. This sparked a frenzy of criticism from the ruling ‘Hindu Nationalists’. The actor’s comments attracted a major backlash on social media with tweets and memes labelling him an anti-national and a traitor. Some of the trolls even asked him to leave India and settle in Pakistan (well, apparently they want all anti-nationals to be moved there). After the fiasco, Amir issued a statement saying that neither he nor Kiran Rao (spouse) intends to leave the country.
He also said, “India is where I am staying… all the abuse proves my point”
3) Salman Khan
Salman Khan attracted hordes trolls and venomous tweets were spewed at him, by ’Hindu nationalists’ for meeting the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his Sri Lanka visit in 2015. Salman clarified that he had flown to Sri Lanka to donate some 200 odd lenses to facilitate cataract operations in certain underprivileged sections of the Sri Lankan populace. But instead of applause and recognition, Salman was labelled an anti-national and anti-Tamil because he was seen with the President of Sri Lanka. Like, woah! An actor visits a neighbouring country for charity work, meets their head of the state – boom – he becomes a traitor and an anti-national. *slow claps*
4) Shahrukh Khan
Towards the end of 2015, Bollywood witnessed a major rift between the actors who supported the Award Wapasi movement and the actors who were against the movement. Bollywood’s King became the centre of a video made by Bhoothnath filmmaker, Vivek Sharma. The video takes a dig at celebs and proponents of literature who returned their awards in response to the rapidly rising intolerance. Trolls and ‘Hindu Nationalists’ took to their usual banter on Twitter, labelling Shahrukh as an anti-national and a traitor supporting the movement.
Apparently, these trolls and ‘nationalists’ have taken the saying gai humari mata hai – humey kuch nahi aata hai a bit too literally. Yes, if gai is your mata, and you lynch people for eating beef, then definitely, tumhey ghanta kuch aata hai!
5) Swara Bhaskar
In April 2018, Swara Bhaskar fetched the attention of ’nationalists’ and pro-Hindu Twitter warriors for posting a photo of herself holding a poster which read – “I am Hindustan. I am Ashamed. 8 Years Old. Gangraped. Murdered. In ‘Devi’-sthaan Temple. #Kathua”. The actor was slammed on Twitter and was labeled ‘anti-national’ and communal; because she is a sensible person and like all of us, she too was deeply disgusted and ashamed at the horrific rape incident at Kathua.
Swara was not only slammed for her photo holding the poster, but also for endorsing Amazon in a tweet a couple of days later. Soon, there were hordes of trolls who started targeting Amazon with hashtags like #BoycottAmazon and #UninstallAmazon. You’re probably wondering why? Well, because – Fuck Logic!
6) Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Padmavat attracted hate and protests form fringe groups like the Karni Sena. There were violent protests all over the country, spearheaded by the so-called protectors of Rajput honor. SLB was slammed all over social media for apparently mortifying the character of Padmavati. The director not only received death threats, but he too was labeled a traitor and an ‘anti-national’ for glorifying Alauddin Khilji and apparently tainting the honor of the Rajput Queen Padmavati (who btw, has no evidence of existence in actual history). The protest was based on Rajput sentiments, which were apparently hurt by the plot of the film.
The real reasons for these protests are still unknown (it could be publicity too because negative publicity is still publicity). The protesters even hurled stones at a school bus (GD Goenka School) in Gurugram and managed to internally scar innocent children for life, and they are probably very proud of having scared the living shit out of little guys and girls in the bus. Good job guys, good job! (y)
7) Karan Johar
Maharashtra NavanirmanSena (MNS) threatened to bar Karan Johar from releasing his movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) as the director cast Pakistani actor Fawad Khan to portray one of the characters in the film; they labelled Karan an ‘anti-national’ and a traitor. We failed to understand the motive and logic behind this uproar. We cant stop wondering. How does casting Fawad in ADHM make Karan Johar a traitor? And are fans of Ghulam Ali’s ghazals and the Rawalpindi Express’s wicket shattering balls traitors too?
This regressive thought is steadily driving the Indian society towards an inevitable breakdown of secularism. To associate with artistes from Pakistan is definitely NOT ‘anti-national’, but to create a rift between the communities that make up the idea of India, IS definitely ‘anti-national’.
What else can we say? Apart from the fact that we are living in India’s darkest hour. It seems the country that awakened at the stroke of the midnight hour has slipped into a limbo of hate, bigotry, intolerance, and communalism. Who is responsible for this and where is all this hate coming from? We’ll leave that for you to ponder upon.