Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi responds to criticism after being trolled for her ‘anti-national’ comments; read tweets inside.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi slammed religious fundamentalists when her recent remarks were labeled as ‘anti-national’ by them. The actress was even trolled for the comments that she made while receiving an award for her work for women empowerment in Indore.
As per a report by PTI, Shabana said that one should not be afraid of criticizing their government because if one doesn’t point out the flaws, how can anyone expect the conditions to improve. She had further added, “But the atmosphere (in the country) now is such that if you criticize, especially the government, you are immediately branded as anti-national. We should not be afraid of this. Nobody needs their certificate.”
You can check her post hitting back at the fundamentalists below:
So much uproar over my 1 remark?Didnt realise I was so important in d eyes of d right wing 😜Muslim fundos also passed fatwa against me 4shaving my head for @IamDeepaMehta film ‘Water’2which @Javedakhtarjadu response on record was SHUT UP.All fundos r mirror images of each other
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) July 9, 2019
Hitting back at the trollers, the ‘Fire’ actress also wrote on Twitter, “I’d like to remind people that my father Kaifi Azmi returned his Padma Shri when Congress was at the center in protest against a UP minister who had said that those asking for Urdu to get second language status should be paraded on a donkey with their faces blackened.”
Coming in support of Azmi, actress Swara Bhasker too lashed out at people for targeting the veteran actress with fake allegations. Swara shared the following post:
It is shameful how an artist of the profile & calibre of @AzmiShabana ma’am is being relentlessly targeted with fake allegations by people who have not contributed 1/100th of what she has to modern Indian popular culture and discourse. More power to you ma’am! ♥️♥️♥️ https://t.co/0P1onV1NcS
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 9, 2019
Shabana later thanked Swara for her support.
Veteran lyricist and Azmi’s husband Javed Akhtar too came out in her support and shared the following post.
All those who believe that we in India Hindus n Muslims are not one nation are Tukde Tukde gang . Now find out where all you can find such people .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) July 9, 2019
Shabana had even quoted Saadat Hasan Manto in one of her tweets which spoke about the freedom of speech.
Bol ke lab Aazaad hain tere Bol zabaan ab tak teri hai… Bol ke sach zinda hai ab tak Bol jo kuch kehna hai keh ley
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) July 8, 2019
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