NEW DELHI: With filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri crying foul over his film ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’, which deals students’ politics, not being allowed to screen at the Jawaharlal Lal Nehru (JNU) University, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Friday urged the varsity students to practice ‘freedom of speech and expression for which they have been raising their voices in recent times.
“We are told that for six months there are no slots, may be they can create a slot. It’s only a request.... If a section of JNU students have freedom of speech and expression then we should translate it into a practice for other people to be able to see the film,” Kher told ANI.
“It is important that all kinds of films are shown, it’s a film which is very relevant to what is happening in JNU for the last one month. It’s not a controversial film, it’s about depicting certain philosophy of the filmmaker,” he added.
Agnihotri had earlier in his tweets asked whether his movie was not being allowed because Kher features in it.
“Why isn't #BuddhaInATrafficJam allowed to screen at #JNU coz it exposes sinister politics? Or coz it features @AnupamPkher or selective FoE?,” he tweeted.
“Dear Kanhaiya,v want to show #BuddhaInaATrafficJam @JNU but they aren't allowing. Film shows how India can get real 'Azadi'.Pl Help,” he said in another tweet.
Kher said that the film deals with education system and how the system polarises the students.
“I did Buddha in a traffic jam working with Vivek Agnihotri as producer director. The film deals with education system and how the system sometimes polarises the students and how the system educates students in a certain manner,” he said.