The police crackdown at Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday evening, where the Delhi police entered the university without permission from the Vice-Chancellor and indiscriminately attacked students, has been widely condemned. Although several top celebrities as usual desisted from making comments in support of the students, some celebrities--actors like Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Konkana Sen Sharma, Tapsee Panu, Sayani Gupta and Bollywood directors Anubhav Sinha and Anurag Kashyap, condemned the police brutality.
On Sunday, the students of Jamia in New Delhi, were protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act brought by the BJP-led Central government. The protests were met with brutal police violence. Videos of the police attacking students by barging into the campus, firing teargas in the library, and torching buses have emerged.
Shortly after the police crackdown at Jamia, the Uttar Pradesh police also allegedly followed suit at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Condemning the police violence, actor Parvathy Tiruvothu retweeted the video shared by journalist Rana Ayyub in which the police are seen firing at the students. Parvathy described the incident as an act of “terrorism.”
Similarly, Bollywood actor Konkana Sen Sharma, offering solidarity to the students, wrote, “We are with the students! Shame on you @DelhiPolice.”
Actor Siddarth, who has always been vocal against the BJP government, minced no words and dubbed Narendra Modi and Amit Shah as “Shakuni” and “Duryodhana” from the Mahabharata epic. He added, “Stop attacking universities! Stop assaulting students.”
Director Anurag Kashyap, who had quit Twitter earlier in August over repeated harassment, returned to the micro-blogging site to register his protest. He wrote, “This has gone too far.. Can’t stay silent any longer. This government is clearly fascist… and it makes me really angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet..”
This has gone too far.. can’t stay silent any longer . This government is clearly fascist .. and it makes me angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet ..— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) December 16, 2019
Director Anubhav Sinha, also vented his anger at his colleagues who remained a mute spectator.
FUCK YOU EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE AN OPINION!!!! FUCK YOU!!! FUCK YOU AGAIN!!!! YOU ARE NO ICONS!!! YOU ARE BUSINESSMEN!!!! FUCK YOU!!!— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 15, 2019
In another tweet, he wrote, “Dear Icons! Films. Sports. Arts. Politics. Literature etc. We chose what we chose because most of us didnt want to be Government servants. Guess what… you all are GOVERNMENT SERVANTS.”
Dear Icons! Films. Sports. Arts. Politics. Literature. Etc. We chose what we chose because most of us didn’t want to be Government servants. Guess what.... you all now are GOVERNMENT SERVANTS!!! Bwahahaha— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 16, 2019
Expressing similar emotions against the film fraternity, actor Sayani Gupta shared the photo of Bollywood celebrities like Ranveer Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurana, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Vicky Kaushal, Rajkumnar Rao, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Rohit Shetty and others and asked them to respond to the incident. Among these personalities, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurana and Rajkummar responded.
On behalf of the students of Jamia & AMU request at least one of you to tweet or message Mr.Modi condemning this act of police brutality and violence against students. The time has come to speak up guys. Yes? No? May be?@RanveerOfficial @karanjohar @ayushmannk @RajkummarRao pic.twitter.com/6l5ky5zbNt— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) December 15, 2019
Rajkummar Rao tweeted that citizens have the right to protest peacefully in a democracy.
I strongly condemn the violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students. In a democracy the citizens have the right to peacefully protest.I also condemn any kind of act of destruction of the public properties. Violence is not the solution for anything!— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) December 16, 2019
South Indian actor, Amala Paul too expressed her outrage against the police action on Instagram.
"India is not your PoPs property" OR "India doesn't belong to your Father" : Popular South Indian actress Amala Paul and Malayalam film director Ashiq Abu were among those prominent faces who shared this poster in protest against #CAA2019 and attack on #JamiaMilia students pic.twitter.com/wslY7cj2x2— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) December 16, 2019
Malayalam actor, Kunchacko Boban wrote, "This pointed finger is enough to unite all the children of INDIA ....Stay true to the Constitution...
While all the actors responded against the brutality, actor Akshay Kumar also responded, but for a different reason altogether. The actor had ‘liked’ a tweet “accidentally” which supported the violence. Offering clarification over this, he said, “Regarding the ‘like’ on the tweet of Jamia Milia students, it was by mistake. I was scrolling and accidentally it must have been pressed and when I realised I immediately unliked it as in no way do I support such acts.”
Regarding the ‘like’ on the tweet of Jamia Milia students, it was by mistake. I was scrolling and accidentally it must have been pressed and when I realised I immediately unliked it as In no way do I support such acts.— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 16, 2019
As per latest reports, police entered the Delhi University campus on Monday, and allegedly attacked students present in the Arts Faculty.
Meanwhile, actor Kamal Haasan’s party Makkal Needhi Maiam, has approached the Supreme Court against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Earlier, Malayalam national award winning director Zakariya Mohammed had announced of boycotting the National Awards. “Protesting against CAB and National Register of Citizens, I, as the director of Sudani from Nigeria, will stay away from the National Award ceremony along with scriptwriter Muhsin Parari and the producers of the film,” Zakariya Mohammed wrote on Facebook on Sunday. Actor Rima Kallingal joined in support of Zakariya and wrote, "Do not divide a peaceful nation on the grounds of religion. Lets stand together Love and peace always."