JLF 2016: Kajol downplays intolerance, claims people have grown ‘oversensitive’

Jaipur/New Delhi: In a press conference of Ashwin Sanghi’s latest book ‘The Sialkot Saga’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016, bollywood actress Kajol on Saturday said that people have grown “oversensitive” these days, but that doesn’t change her responsibility to express herself to the people at large.


“People seem to have grown over-sensitive these days. However, as public personalities, it is our duty to speak well and correctly. I have always said my 'Mann ki baat' and it is no different now," she responded after constant persuasion from reporters on the third day of the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.


Furthermore, she claimed that the industry is free from “intolerance”, and that there are “no dividing lines, no caste, no creed (specific)” in Bollywood.


Deemed as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 has already witnessed a plethora of comments on the raging “intolerance in India”.


On Thursday, film director Karan Johar, who also happens to be a close friend of Kajol Devgan, had said that “freedom of expression is the biggest joke in the world” and even regarded “democracy” as “the second biggest joke”.


“I am a filmmaker and I feel bound at every level: be it what I put out on celluloid or what I say in print. I feel like there’s always some kind of illegal notice awaiting me. Everywhere I go, I’m scared,” he had added.


The intolerance row, which was sparked after the murder of Mohammad Ikhlaq, saw a lot of events in succession — the award-wapasi by Sahitya Akademi awardees, the backlash faced by actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan for voicing their opinion in the "growing intolerance" in the country.


By: Mayank Mohanti