A few days after actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt called out Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan for not speaking up about the Kathua rape-murder case, noted actor and activist Prakash Raj, known for his villainous roles in Bollywood, took on the Big B for his refusal to speak up in the matter.
During a Facebook live interview, the ‘Singham’ baddie said, “You are big guy, Sir, we respect you a lot. Do not let the future generations .3
+ask this question that when the society was in danger, you were silent. You are a great voice Sir. You are rich enough to lose, Sir. That is what richness is. Speak up, Sir. Don’t give me reasons and excuses that ‘I have seen it all…I am old. I don’t want to get into all this’. You have been a wonderful man. You have read poetry. You are a sensible man. We need your voice, Sir. They can’t take anything away from you. Because I don’t think you are actually supporting them. By not voicing you are not helping the society.”
Prakash Raj further said, “I felt let down …though you have the right to speak or not to speak. But there are times when you have to speak. Even if it’s ‘disgusting’, will we remain silent? Yes, it’s disgusting but talking about it is not disgusting. It’s a child, it could be my daughter. It could be any body’s daughter.”
Addressing other actors and celebs, Raj said, “Wake up, guys! It’s not a big achievement to be big heroes in cinema. Be the one who makes a difference in life too. Be men enough…be women enough, have integrity. There can be genuine fears as a human being, not denying it. But I have colleagues who don’t know what a district is? Who is an MP (Member of Parliament) or an MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly)…who don’t read newspapers?”
He further said, “You want to live in your glass houses…you (everybody for that matter) have agendas. The common man understands everything. Someday, your conscience will prick your silence because of which fringe elements are out.”