Naseeruddin Shah takes a dig at Anupam Kher; calls him a ‘clown’ and a ‘sycophant’
The attack on the students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi shook the entire nation. Not only the common men but also Bollywood celebs like Anurag Kashyap, Anubhav Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, and Dia Mirza among others voiced their opinions on the brutal attack and even came out to protest. But a few A-listers of Bollywood like Amitabh Bachhan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and others stayed apolitical and didn’t utter a single word on it. Also, they stayed mum on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
In a recent interview with The Wire, Naseeruddin Shah spoke about the CAA protests and the JNU students’ protests. Slamming his contemporary Anupam Kher who is a pro-BJP, Naseer said, “Someone like Anupam Kher has been very vocal. I don’t think he needs to be taken seriously. He’s a clown. Any number of his contemporaries from NFD and FTII can attest to his sycophantic nature. It’s in his blood, he can’t help it.”
Naseeruddin Shah lauded Deepika Padukone for joining the student protests in JNU and showing solidarity. He said, “You have to laud the courage of a girl like Deepika who is in the top firmament and yet takes a step like this. Even if she has a lot to lose. Let us see how she takes it. She’ll lose a few endorsement, sure. Will that impoverish her? Will that lessen her popularity? Will that make her less beautiful than she is? They’re gonna come around sooner or later. The only god that film industry worships is money.”
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