Raut backs Deepika: Says boycott is wrong; notes prejudice against JNU
After Deepika Padukone's visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),Sanjay Raut leader of Shiv Sena on Sunday backs support to Deepika Padukone and mentions that boycotting her latest film Chhapaak is wrong
Sanjay Raut, leader of the Shiv Sena party on Sunday came out in support of actor Deepika Padukone, who is facing criticism over her visit to the JNU campus in Delhi to showcase solidarity with students who recently were attacked by armed assailants.
Sanjay Raut who is a Rajya Sabha member and the executive editor of Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', said the country cannot be run in a "Talibani" style.
After the visit of Deepika Padukone to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday, many people have appreciated her ‘silent solidarity’, but some other have criticized for her ‘support to leftists’, mentioning it was just a promotional stunt for her latest film ‘Chhapaak’
Some also demanded a boycott of her film, based on the life of an acid attack survivor, played by Padukone. A section of BJP leaders also criticized the 34-year- old actor over her JNU visit.
Talking to PTI, Raut said, "The demand for a boycott of the actress and her film is wrong. The country cannot be run in a 'Talibani' style."
Earlier this week, in a veiled attack on the BJP and its affiliated outfits, Raut said a particular student union holds a grudge against the Jawaharlal Nehru University which has produced a Nobel Laureate, and renowned politicians, industrialists, poets and authors.
While Raut did not name any outfit, it was possibly a reference to the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad which has been accused of unleashing violence in the JNU campus in Delhi late Sunday night.
"I have seen that a student union is holding a grudge against an institution like JNU that has given a Nobel Prize winner, as well as politicians, industrialists, authors and poets. The university has constantly been targeted for last the five years," Raut told a Marathi news channel.
Professor Abhijit Banerjee, who jointly won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize with Esther Duflo and Harvard's Michael Kremer, completed Masters in Economics from JNU in 1983.
Raut said amid the unrest, "people in government" are busy with with legislations like the Citizenship Amendment Act.
"If students are not safe, then the country is not safe. It's not a good sign when police barge into a university campus in the national capital and open fire. Masked people storm another university and students are left bleeding," he claimed.
These are definitely not signs that the powers-that-be have the country's law and order under control, he added.
Violence had broken out at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police which conducted a flag march.
"Chhapaak", directed by Meghna Gulzar, hit the theatres on Friday. The Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Thursday declared the film tax-free in the two states. Rajasthan has also followed suit.
Declaring a movie tax-free means the state has waived the entertainment levy imposed on it, thereby bringing down the ticket rates and encouraging more people to watch it.