B-Town backs Gurmehar, Javed Akhtar slams Rijiju

Mumbai (IANS): Bollywood celebrities Vishal
Dadlani and Anubhav Sinha on Tuesday
backed Delhi University student Gurmehar
Kaur for her online campaign against the
ABVP, with veteran writer Javed Akhtar taking
on Union Minister Kiren Rijiju for his “grossly
biased” views.
Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt and actor Rohit
Roy even slammed cricketer Virendra Sehwag
and actor Randeep Hooda, who apparently
mocked Kaur, whose father was killed in the
Kargil war, for saying “Pakistan did not kill my
dad, war killed him’.
Akhtar, who has earlier too spoken out against
“rising intolerance”, wondered how an “educated”
person like Rijiju had remarked as to
who was “polluting” the mind of Kaur, who
made a Facebook post with the hashtag #studentsagainstABVP.
“If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a
pacifist daughter of a martyr, it’s understandable,
but what’s wrong with some educated
folks. I don’t (know) about her, but Mr Minister
I know who is polluting your mind,” tweeted
“Mr Minister, you have condemned the Left by
falsely accusing them of celebrating soldier’s
killing, and not a word about ABVP. Grossly
biased,” said Akhtar, who has often spoken
out in favour of freedom of expression in the
Kaur, a student of Delhi’s Lady Sri Ram College,
had posted on Facebook a picture of
herself holding a placard that said, “I am a student
from Delhi University. I am not afraid of
ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India
is with me”, following last week’s violence in
Ramjas College in Delhi University.
The post went viral with hundreds of shares.
She also held a poster, saying ‘Pakistan did not
kill my dad, war killed him’.
Following this, Sehwag on Sunday posted his
image holding a placard which read “I did not
score two triple centuries, my bat did,” and
said: “Bat me hai Dum! Bharat Jaisi Jagah
Nahi (Bat has power! no place like India).”
Randeep also supported Sehwag and retweeted
a post which apparently mocked Gurmehar.
“It was just very witty of Viru to come with
“Bat mein Dum”. Can’t you see the irony? Defuse
the situation not add,” he wrote, adding
that “She (Gurmehar) is being made a pawn.”
Pooja Bhatt slammed the posts, and tweeted:
“He who laughs last, laughs alone. Pick on
someone your own size boys! This is so NOT
When she was trolled for her comment,
Pooja, daughter of outspoken filmmaker Mahesh
Bhatt, said: “Am an artiste and am above
Actor Rohit Roy also said Sehwag’s tweet was
in “bad taste”.
“Trying to be humorous about anything and
everything is callous, irresponsible and flippant,”
said Rohit, adding that he is a huge
fan of Sehwag and “supported him when he
didn’t get what I thought was a fair send off ”.
Naseeruddin Shah was also quoted by TV
channels as coming out in support of Kaur,
terming her a brave girl and the comments by
Sehwag and Hooda as insensitive.
The reactions from Bollywood came as a protest
was held in Delhi University against the
ABVP, even as Kaur pulled back after getting
death and rape threats.
Actress Raveena Tandon tweeted: “Rape/
death threats need to be dealt with severely!
Totally agree.”
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha commented: “Of
course, anti nationals should not be tolerated.
But everything unsuitable/inconvenient can’t
be called anti national.”
Music director and singer Vishal Dadlani,
who was part of the Aam Aadmi Party, said:
“Whether Modi takes initiative for peace, or
Gurmehar does, ordinary citizens in India and
Pakistan support peace. Only political stooges