Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Home Fact-Check Madhur Bhandarkar disputes 'intolerance' claim of Naseeruddin Shah, but media twists his statement as...

Madhur Bhandarkar disputes ‘intolerance’ claim of Naseeruddin Shah, but media twists his statement as support

Madhur Bhandarkar disagreed with Naseeruddin Shah, but defended his right to speech, media distorted it as supporting the comments

Few days ago, acclaimed actor Naseeruddin Shah refuelled the ‘intolerance’ debate by making some controversial statements. He had said that he is worried about a situation where his children may be surrounded by angry mobs and asked whether they are Hindu or Muslim. He also said that a poison has spread in Indian society, which is very difficult to contain. The veteran actor’s comments have invited sharp reactions from people. Several people from Bollywood have also reacted to it.

Today few media houses reported that director Madhur Bhandarkar and actor Ashutosh Rana have also come in the support of comments made by Shah. Indian Express ran a story with the headline Ashutosh Rana, Madhur Bhandarkar express solidarity after Naseeruddin Shah’s law and order remarks, while Quint declared that Ashutosh, Madhur Bhandarkar & Others Back Naseeruddin’s Remark. The New Indian Express also said that Madhur Bhandarkar back Naseeruddin Shah’s comment in its report, and Business Standard said that Ashutosh Rana, Madhur Bhandarkar back Naseeruddin Shah’s comment.

But these reports are a total distortion of what Madhur Bhandarkar said, because he did not support the comments made by Shah, but only defended Shah’s right to voice his opinions. Bhandarkar made the comments while interacting with media in Lucknow, a video of which was uploaded by ANI on Youtube. In the video, Bhandarkar is seen saying, “Everyone has own point of view, the right to speak. We live in a democracy. I don’t think there is any fear like this. I think everyone is equal in India and this is his point of view. This is the special thing about our country that everyone can express their opinions. I don’t think there is any problem or intolerance.”

The filmmaker was basically saying that he disagrees with Shah, but he supports Shah’s right to express his opinions. He clearly said that he does not think there is any fear or intolerance in the country.

Similarly, Ashutosh Rana also did not support the comments of Naseeruddin Shah directly unlike the media reports. In the video of his comments, it is seen that Rana was talking about reactions to Shah’s comments.

Ashutosh Rana said that if someone says something, there should not be a trial on that. People should listen if someone is saying something. He said that people should have the right to express their opinion without fear. He did not say that there are fear and intolerance in the country, or that he agrees with comments made by Shah.

Interestingly, on December 23 ANI had published a report titled Ashutosh Rana, Madhur Bhandarkar back Naseeruddin Shah’s comment, but now they have pulled down the story from their website. Google search shows the story in the search results, but clicking on it returns 404 error.

Perhaps they realized that they are making a wrong claim in the report. But several media houses are still carrying the ANI story with that misleading headline.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

They tortured me physically, mentally, abused my religion and my God: Read how women in Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal are being victimised

Ground report by Organiser reveals the horrifying stories of sexual assault on women in the post-poll violence in West Bengal

NCW takes cognisance of OpIndia’s report on Loyola College ex lecturer’s struggle against sexual predators, asks Chairman Provincial to take action

NCW has taken cognisance of OpIndia's report about the 13-year long battle of an ex-lecturer of Loyola College against sexual harassment

First Bengal violence and then Narada: Second Supreme Court judge from Bengal recuses from hearing the case against Bengal govt

During the hearing, Justice Hemant Gupta informed that Justice Aniruddha Bose has some reservations about the case.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath invokes NSA against Noida mass conversion accused, links to those who entered Dasna temple with poison emerge

After mass conversion racket was busted in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has instructed the agencies to invoke NSA against accused.

Gujarat: Police books one Imran Ansari under anti-conversion law for abduction, forced marriage and rape of a Jain girl

The accused coerced the victim into having a physical relationship and attempted to convert her to Islam for nikkah (marriage).

Facebook restricts account of user who shared news report about rape and torture of women in Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal

While violence in Bengal should be a story everyone talks about, Facebook is actively suppressing information about post-poll violence

Recently Popular

How Venkatesh Prasad is winning hearts with his ‘Sanghi’ posts, one tweet at a time

Venkatesh Prasad demonstrated the Surya Namaskar for his followers, performed in deference to the Sun God.

Ravish Kumar appears massively frustrated as India administers 85 lakh COVID vaccines in single day, this is why he does not make sense

Ravish Kumar goes on a ranting spree to hate on PM Modi by camouflaging propaganda as 'criticism' over COVID-19 vaccination

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren fails to meet Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi despite 4-days wait: Details

The Dialy Pioneer has cited quoting sources that the JMM chief is not happy over Rahul and Sonia ignoring him and instead meeting TN CM Stalin.

Republic TV issues statement over Arnab Goswami’s disappearance from the news network: Here is what they said

Arnab Goswami was last seen on May 2 during a discussion on West Bengal assembly polls. He will make a return on Monday.

Fact Check: Is “Raam” with the photo of Lord Ram printed on it is the world’s most expensive currency

As Raam is not a legal tender issued by a sovereign state or a central bank, it is not a regular currency, it is actually a bearer bond
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

255,564FansLike
555,185FollowersFollow
24,400SubscribersSubscribe