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‘Growing intolerance’ overhyped by award wapsi, Anupam Kher

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New Delhi: The ‘award wapsi’ fiasco escalated to new heights with Anupam Kher giving a clarion call to uphold the fabric of secularism through his anti-award wapsi march from the National Museum to Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

The star-studded rally which included at least 30 top actors, writers and poets, marched to submit a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee urging him not to accept the returned awards.

Lambasting a media report which branded India as an ‘intolerable’ country, Anupam Kher stated, “no foreign country has the right to call India ‘intolerant’.”

“It is the people of India who are sending the wrong message”, lamented Kher.

“There was no sign of religious intolerance in India, award wapsi has overhyped the issue”, Kher said.

He further said, returning the awards had sent a wrong message to the world that ‘growing intolerance’ had plagued India. Hitting out at the ‘award wapsi’ phenomenon, the veteran actor stated that returning the honour would not solve the issue but upholding peaceful co-existence, secularism and an united stand would address the debacle.

Madhur Bhandarkar, who also joined the rally, said returning awards tantamount to disrespecting the whole country as an award is the recognition that the citizens confer for works of the artists.

However, the rally called by Anupam Kher, echoed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that ‘intolerance’ was a ‘manufactured outrage’.

Rejecting allegation that the rally was influenced by the BJP-led government, Anupam Kher stated that, the returning of awards have tarnished the image of the country globally and hyped the ‘intolerance’ issue.

“The rally is a forum to uphold the unity of India and was not influenced by any political wing”, claimed Anupam Kher, adding, “returning an award does not make anybody less Indian but such a gesture does adversely affect the country’s reputation globally”.

Anupam Kher is also expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the evening today.

The organisers of the rally had used social media platform to apprise people about the event.

However, people of India are still contemplating whether ‘march against march’ will address the tension which has definitely created a rift between the rebel group and the non-rebel group of award winners.

(Picture Courtesy: www.shongram.com)

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Veteran actor Anupam Kher says that it is important for public personalities to have a sense of responsibility.

Anupam on Saturday treated his fans with a Q&A session on Twitter, where a user asked him if public figures (actors and sportspersons) are role models. Should they always be held to the highest degree of moral and ethical standards or given a more lenient treatment as they are also imperfect like anyone else?

“It is very important for public figures to have a sense of responsibility,” he replied.

Another user asked the actor if he could tweet in support of actress-filmmaker Kangana Ranaut’s latest release “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”.

Anupam called Kangana a rockstar.

“She is brilliant. I applaud her courage and performances. She is also the real example of women empowerment,” he said.

Talking about his favourite scene from the 1995 film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, he said: “My scene with Shah Rukh Khan about celebrating failure.”

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Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Commons)

A Twitterati said that “Uri: The Surgical Strike” overshadowed his film “The Accidental Prime Minister”.

“So what? I am so happy about it. Josh over behosh,” he replied, with a smiling emoji.

Asked what made him take up the medical series “New Amsterdam”, he replied: “Challenge of acting in an English language series. I think in Hindi. Also ‘New Amsterdam’ is an amazing series to be part of.”

Talking about what film’s failure bugged him the most, he said after the 1991 film “Lamhe” did not do well at the box office when it was released, he was disappointed.

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“But now it is considered to be a cult classic. Maybe it came before its time,” he added.

What’s next for Anupam?

“I have a Hindi film called ‘One Day’ directed by Ashok Nanda. It is coming up sometime in May. It is a thriller,” he shared. (IANS)