Eyebrows were raised on Sunday when famed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap asked a blatantly controversial question to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over recent controversy over the informal ‘ban’ on films starring Pakistani actors by a section of cinema owners. In a series of tweets, he demanded PM Modi’s apology for paying a visit to the neighbouring country and meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Showing solidarity with the makers of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which is facing ban for casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, Kashyap said, “The World must learn from us..We solve all our problems by blaming it on movies and banning it..#ADHM. With you on this @karanjohar.” Soon, the filmaker became a target of barbs as eminent director Madhur Bhandarkar took a swipe on Kashyap saying, “Whatever Anurag Kashyap said is wrong, Neither BJP nor Government has issued any ban, it has become a trend to protest against Modiji”. Did Kashyap really cross the line? or he was just exercising his freedom of expression guaranteed to him by the country’s Constitution. He also raised a relevant question why art should bear the brunt of political imbroglio between the two nations.
According to the Constitution, the right to freedom in Article 19 guarantees the Freedom of speech and expression, as one of its six freedoms. So, it is clear that what Kashyap has said falls under the purview of the law of the land. On the flip side of the debate, here comes the nationalism part. The question that arises is it the right time to question the government over ban Pakistani artistes? From a nationalistic viewpoint, we cannot think of eulogizing a Pakistani citizen even if he/she represents the art fraternity. It is evident that Pakistan has been poking into India’s internal issues and sponsoring terror elements to inflict misery on our nation. We should resist this diabolic design as our army had done when they carried out preemptive surgical strikes across LoC in PoK. General mood is that it is high time that we should take a firm stand on the issue. But the rationality says that will banning the art and artistes solve the issue?
You, dear reader, have to make the choice. Take a stand! Is Kashyap wrong? Or does he have the right to say what he did, even though it is very controversial. It is up to to you to decide.