NEW DELHI: Voicing his support for Karan Johar’s forthcoming film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the ban on Pakistani artistes, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and questioned him as to why he hasn’t yet apologized for meeting his counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
The 44-year-old Bollywood celeb took to twitter to fire a series of questions and vile comments addressing the Prime Minister.
“@narendramodi Sir you haven't yet said sorry for your trip to meet the Pakistani PM.. It was December 25th. Same time KJo was shooting ADHM? Why?”, he tweeted.
He further raised questions saying, “@narendramodi Why is it that we have to face it while you can be silent??
“@narendramodi And you actually diverted your trip on our tax money while the film shot then was on money on which someone here pays interest.”
“@narendramodi I am just trying to understand the situation because I am actually dumb and I don't get it. Sorry if you feel offended,” he said.
Adding, “Btw Bharat Mata ki Jai Sir @narendramodi.”
The comments came as a follow-up of his satirical tweet earlier, which read, "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."
The film writer-director cum-producer expressed his annoyance on social media after cinema owners association decided to stay the release of movies starring Pakistani artistes.
After his series of tweets, Anurag Kashyap, got trolled by many on social media for asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise for his trip to Pakistan in December last year.
Justifying his tweets, Kashyap wrote: "Just to make it clear, I complain because I expect my government to protect us, I question the PM because I have every right to."
"I am not going to address a party that has become redundant and irrelevant and is trying to find relevance again by using the film industry. We have been vulnerable for long, and have been paying the price by being used by everyone to find any kind of standing."
The director contended that the real trade between the two countries across the border has "not faced any kind of opposition, but we must pay the price for it".
"And anyone who questions my love for the country by shouting, must prove their love by representing the country either on the border or prove your love by representing the country in an honourable way. Not by shouting here (on social media)," he said.
"And yes Sir Narendra Modi we need protection.. It's really high time. I refuse to live in the fear created by blind fanatics that you cannot have a conversation with your PM or question him or expect from him."
"I would rather ask my questions directly to the PM than trying to impress him by fake nationalism of banning Â‘what puts you in news'," he added.
Kashyap, known for making hard-hitting films, has directed movies like "Black Friday", "Dev.D", "Gulaal", "That Girl in Yellow Boots", "Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Bombay Velvet"
The Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India ( COEAI ) earlier announced that they would not screen movies starring Pakistani artistes in the four states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa.
(With inputs from IANS)