Prakash Raj while speaking at the inauguration of the 11th State meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) said that he could tell when those in power-including PM Modi were 'acting' and he felt like giving his national awards back.
Prakash Raj on Sunday took a hit out at PM Narendra Modi on Sunday over his silence on the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Following his comment, a case has been registered against the award-winning actor in Lucknow Court on a complaint by a lawyer over his remarks against PM Modi, reported ANI. The case will be heard on October 7. Raj while speaking at the inauguration of the 11th State meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) said that he could tell when those in power-including PM Modi were ‘acting’ and he felt like giving his national awards back, as per Indian Express report. As per IE report, “We don’t know who killed my dear friend Gauri Lankesh, but we can see the people who are celebrating her murder. In my life, I have never seen so much abuse like what happens on social media. Some people followed by our Prime Minister on Twitter spew venom. And the Prime Minister turns a blind eye to this.”
He added,” You can’t make me believe by making promises of good days. See, I’m a bigger actor than you people (Modi government) and I can tell when you are acting. Please respect the fact that I’m a professional actor. When you act as if you don’t know anything, do you think I or people will buy it?”
While talking about politicians Raj said,”I saw a video, I couldn’t tell if he was Uttar Pradesh chief minister or a temple priest. Looks like he plays a double role. When I see such talented actors, I feel like giving them all five National Awards that were given to me. Let’s not be afraid of such people. They are not stronger than us. Our weakness is their strength,” as per IE report.
Raj has won five National Awards – Best Supporting Actor for Iruvar (1997, Tamil), Special Jury Award for Anthapuram (1999, Telugu), Special Jury Award for various movies, Best Actor for Kanchivaram (2007, Tamil), and Best Film for Puttakkana Highway (2010, Kannada).