Filmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan faces right-wing ire
Filmmakers, historians and social activists in the country, including director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, wrote to the Prime Minister on Tuesday to protest against intolerance and mob violence. Now they have been issued thinly veiled threats
The BJP has threatened Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Bengali actor Kaushik Sen, who were signatories to the letter sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding action to end the escalating religious violence. Adoor Gopalakrishnan is a Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee for his contribution to the film industry.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who has received many international accolades including the Legion of Honour, the French government's highest recognition, has also served as Chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and Director of the National Film and Television Institute (FTTI), Pune.
Advocate B Gopalakrishnan, the official spokesperson of the BJP in Kerala, threatened Adoor. The BJP leader issued the threat through Facebook. "If Jai Shriram doesn't doesn't call, Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be better off living in aliens." BJP leader Jai Shriram threatens to call Adoor's residence
BJP leader's Facebook post
"If Jai Sriram doesn't call, Adoor Gopalakrishnan is better off going to other planets. Krishna and Rama are one, synonymous, this is the month of Ramayana, Jai Shri Ram's call in India and neighboring countries will rise and always rise. If you cannot hear, you can register your name at Sriharikota and go to Chandran [moon].
People voted for Jai Shriram in India... If necessary, call Adoor's house. It is a democratic right...Sir, you are a respected filmmaker. But don't condemn the culture of the country... Jai Shriram is now responding to the call. The bitterness of the unripe grapes is known. To get or not to get anything from the central government. With a smile ... '
Bengali actor Kaushik Sen also received a threatening message on his phone. The caller wanted them to stop raising their voice against intolerance and mob killings. Kaushik Sen said the caller had told him that if he did not, there would be serious consequences. He said police had been notified of the threatening message.
[Autotranslated from Malayalam]