Bollywood Khans break silence over the controversial Indian citizenship act 2019?
MUMBAI - Bollywood Khans asked to break silence over the controversial Indian citizenship act 2019 by Bollywood’s leading directors.
They called on three superstar actors to break their silence about a new citizenship law that has triggered riots in India , saying they could influence millions of fans.
At least 21 people have died since crowds took to the streets enraged by the Hindu nationalist-led government’s legislation, which critics say discriminates against Muslims.
The violence and the political storm raging around it has posed a dilemma for a film industry that is dominated by Muslim actors, directors and crew but caters for India’s broader, predominantly Hindu population.
A handful of figures have spoken out against the law and the violence, some at rallies in Mumbai, the heart of Bollywood. But none of its three leading stars – Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan – have made public statements. All three are Muslim.
“These three actors and their fan following is something else. One word from them can influence millions,” director Anubhav Sinha, a critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, told Reuters.
“I … understand why they may not be able to speak out. I am not angry at them” said Sinha, who directed Shah Rukh Khan in the 2011 film “Ra One”.