Amid calls for boycotting actress Deepika Padukone’s film Chhapaak for her show of solidarity with the leftist student union of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), actor Ajay Devgn expressed his opinion about the JNU violence without taking a stand either way. He said he was waiting for the facts to come out. Devgn has also appealed to the people for peace and brotherhood.
The actor today appealed to the people to watch his work in the movie Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. He also tried to avoid controversy by saying that both the films were good and that he wanted people to watch them both.
The controversy over the violent incidents in JNU affected the film industry eventually after Deepika Padukone made common cause with the university’s leftist demonstrators. There was a lot of controversy over her 10-minute appearance where people accused her of resorting to gimmicks to promote her film that released today.
After Deepika’s ‘guest appearance’ at JNU, #BoycottChhapaak trended on Twitter while many of the trendsetters simultaneously appealed to the people to watch Tanhaji.
Many nationalists appealed for a boycott of Meghna Gulzar’s film Chhapaak and suggested that Deepika rather watch the film Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which released today too.
Ajay tweeted on the JNU issue on Friday without jumping the gun. He wrote, “I have always maintained that we should wait for proper facts to emerge. I appeal to everyone- let us further the spirit of peace and brotherhood, not derail it either consciously or carelessly #JNUViolence“
On the question of the impact on the earnings of films due to the clashes between Tanhaji and Chhapaak, Ajay said, “I want both films to earn well at the box office. I think the themes of both are very good.”
Devgn finds the Twitter war funny. He said, “Is the fight going on? Who is doing it? I think there is no fight happening. People say their things through social media and we do not take it seriously.”
Earlier, Ajay had said in an interview, “I have been watching the news since morning; the claims are mutually conflicting. We have not yet found out who did what. Until everything is cleared, I cannot comment on the matter. However, whatever is happening is tragic. Whoever is doing it is doing wrong. Violence is not the solution to anything and it is harming our country.”
Ajay had said, “Hum aag men ghee daalne ka kaam nahin karenge (I wouldn’t add fuel to fire).”
Interestingly, in his film Halla Bol, Ajay Devgn had played the character of a film actor whose career is severely affected after he gets embroiled in a controversy as a victim of a political murder gave her dying statement to him and he could not keep silent on the issue.
On 5 January, a crowd of masked men attacked students and teachers on the JNU campus with sticks and rods. In this incident, 34 people, including JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured. Delhi Police said today, however, that Ghosh was herself an attacker on the occasion when registration servers were shut down.