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Anurag Kashyap Faces Ugly BJP Reaction For Questioning PM Modi On Pakistan

The filmmaker retaliated in a series of tweets.

16/10/2016 3:15 PM IST | Updated 16/10/2016 4:01 PM IST
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Indian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor Anurag Kashyap in 2009. (Photo by Soumitra Ghosh/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday reacted strongly to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's tweets at Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the controversy around the release of Karan Johar's latest movie, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

While BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said such comments do not go well with the national mood at a time when Indian is trying to isolate Pakistan, other members had more severe words for the director.

"This kind of statement coming from a director-producer of Bollywood is condemnable. And the reason I say condemnable is because after the Uri attack there was a national demand to punish Pakistan and rightly the government along with the armed forces did that," said Singh.

"Making these statements when the Prime Minister and the government is isolating Pakistan doesn't go with the national mood. Somewhere I feel that pride of the nation is missing and pride of a movie has taken over Anurag Kashyap," he added.

GLV Narsimha Rao, BJP's national spokesperson dispensed with any veneer of civility.

He continued:

Voicing his support for Karan Johar amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the ban on Pakistani artistes in India, Kashyap had lashed out at Prime Minister Modi and asked him why he hasn't yet apologised for meeting his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif.

The 44-year-old Bollywood celebrity took to twitter to fire a series of questions and comments addressing the prime minister.

He further raised questions:

Finally ending with,

The comments came as a follow-up of his satirical tweet earlier, which read,

The film writer-director cum-producer expressed his annoyance on social media after the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) the cinema owners' association decided to stay the release of movies starring Pakistani artistes in the four states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.

After being viciously attacked by politicians and BJP supporters on Twitter, Kashyap retaliated in a series of tweets.

(Written with agencies.)

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