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Guys, Bollywood Does Have A Conscience. A Few Of Them Turned Up To Protest. The A-Listers Weren’t There

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One of the most effective ways that my mother found of making me work all the while I was growing up was constantly nagging me. She would make sure that I don’t hear the end of it. From picking on every mistake to criticising me to a point where I’m forced to introspect my own actions, it was her way of guilt tripping me into doing the right thing, the right way. And even though back then I hated it, I worked well on me. A method, that has probably and recently worked on Bollywood as well, for after weeks of constantly calling them out for their indifference and insensitivity to the current state of affairs, they finally seem to have realised what needs to be done. Mind you, these are only a select few.

It’s been quite a few weeks since the Citizenship Amendment Act was introduced by the government and the country since then has witnessed one of the biggest protests in its history. With thousands taking to the streets, gathering in large groups and aiming to show peaceful yet strong dissent over this move by the government, the public is woke and it is active in fighting against the act. So we’ve all been on the edge. These are fragile times.

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Students, women, children, everyone has joined forces to make enough noise for the government to hear how they stand divided on this, and while so many people were braving the brutal cold and the uncalled for violence from all ends, the big shots from tinseltown were comfortably nesting in their homes. That was up until, they finally decided to get down their high horse and realise that for once the country needs them to be citizens in support and not superstars.

Gathering over in Bandra with placards in hand, celebs like Anurag Kashyap, Anurag Basu, Taapsee Pannu, Gauahar Khan, Vishal Bhardwaj with wife Rekha Bhardwaj, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Reema Kagti, Dia Mirza and Rahul Bose decided to make the narrative a lot more stronger by showing up. Taapsee Pannu, prior to this had shared a tweet on Twitter, urging everyone to join her at Carter Road at 8pm to stand against the inhuman mob attacks that took place at JNU on innocent students and faculty members the day before.

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#Repost • @rheakapoor Very rarely do I get into politics on social media because my first thought is who really cares what I think? Am I equipped to give an opinion on a public platform about things that I may barely understand? But now I have to say that I know our generation and when we look back I’m afraid we may be remembered for things we didn’t stand for. I know this is not who we are. This is not what we believe. So then I guess for those afraid to speak up fearing they may make a mistake, this is the only way to use your voice. To say, I don’t know everything and there may be things that i do not understand. But I know this isn’t right. For everyone who feels pressure to ‘pick a side’ don’t. Say what you feel. Most good people I know react to sincerity with understanding and empathy. Be sincere, use your voice and tell the truth. What’s happening in our country seems alien and unrecognisable. Im not sure how we got here. It’s always been a hidden truth that you may be punished if your opinions are too loud or unpopular. But now it’s there to see. And that scares the shit out of me. My thoughts are with the students at JNU you are so much braver than I could ever be. 🖤

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Videos of the attacks, that had gone viral like wildfire, showed students getting beaten up by masked miscreants were shared by a number of other celebrities as well. Swara Bhaskar, Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon, Riteish Deshmukh, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor and the likes, making people aware of the kind of monstrosity that we need to stop and fight against. Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor and Deepika Padukone also voiced their concern over the attacks and sought to spread a word about the same through social media.

And this would probably the first time we believe that Bollywood is finally speaking up and using its potential of influencing people to do the right thing in such times of political turmoil. They have been late to the party, but as long as they are here, there is still hope. After all, every voice counts and in the kind of times we live in, theirs does the most!

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