Those who protest against S Durga, do not see Durga bars: Prakash Raj
Thiruvananthapuram: National Award winning South Indian actor Praksh Raj said people who stage protests against film 'S Durga' are not opposed to bars named Durga.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala here on Friday, the actor vowed for the freedom of speech and expression, and talked about how Kerala stands out in a docile and intolerant society.
“There is an agenda forced on us, and any form of dissent is trying to be silenced,” said Prakash Raj.
“Filmmakers and artists have an obligation towards the society which made them what they are. If the creative people are cowards, the responsibility of producing a society of cowards falls on them,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a Twitter post earlier, Prakash Raj slammed Union Minister Ananthkumar Hegde for equating nationalism with 'hindutva'. The actor asked Karnataka BJP leader to clarify what he meant when he said "nationalism and Hindutva" are one and mean the same.
"You said, "nationalism and hindutva are not two different things but are one and mean the same. Why do you bring in a religion into nationalism? Then what about those who are not Hindus, people, who are our country's pride like Ambedkar, Adbul kalam, A Rahman, Khuswanth Singh, Amrita Pritam, Dr Verghese Kurien... the list goes on.
"And what about many like me who do not have a religion, but believe in humanity? Aaren't we all the national of our country? Who are you guys... What's your agenda... Since you believe in 'janmas'... Are you guys reincarnation of Germans HITLER (sic)," Raj tweeted.
His post was followed by a video clip of Hegde speaking in Kannada at a press conference, where he had allegedly said Hindutva and nationalism are not separate identities.
(with agency inputs)