New Delhi: Manoj Tiwari, an actor and BJP leader, criticised legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah on Thursday for his remarks regarding The Kerala Story. The popularity of the movie at the box office prompted Naseeruddin to term it a “dangerous trend.” Naseeruddin Shah may be a talented actor, but according to Manoj Tiwari, his “intent is not right.”
Manoj Tiwari reacts on Naseeruddin Shah’s The Kerala Story remark
In a recent interview with a media portal, actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari, films like The Kerala Story are based on real events. He suggested Naseeruddin Shah might go to court if he had a problem with it.
The BJP leader said, “He is a good actor but Naseeruddin ki niyat achi nahi hai (his intent is not right). I say this with a heavy heart. When films were made that showed a guy sitting at a shop and passing remarks about a woman, Naseer sahab (Naseeruddin) had nothing to say. It is very easy to talk. The way he has identified himself, it is not good as an Indian and as a human being.”
In a previous interview with a media portal, Naseeruddin Shah stated, “Worthwhile films like Bheed, Afwaah, Faraaz, all three collapsed. Nobody went to see them, but people are flocking to see The Kerala Story, which I have not seen, and I don’t intend to see it as I have read enough about it.”
He further said, “On one hand, it is a dangerous trend, no doubt. We seem to be heading the way of Nazi Germany where, in Hitler’s time, the filmmakers were co-opted, attempted to be co-opted, by the supreme leader to make films praising him and what he has done for the countrymen, and running down the Jewish community.”