[tps_footer]Actor Anupam Kher who is infamous for his explosive opinions on Friday took a dig at JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. According to him, those who “speak against the country” and are out on bail are not “Olympic medalists” and should not be treated like “heroes”.
Kher made the comments during a screening of his film, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at JNU. It also should be noted that a group of students raised slogans against Kher while he was speaking at the administrative block. The film’s director, Vivek Agnihotri, and CBFC member Ashok Pandit were also present for the screening.
Kher added that he believes there will be some victory march today. People who have come out on bail have not come after winning an Olympic medal. They are not Sachin Tendulkar, Saina Nehwal or even Hanumanthappa. Kher spent a large part of his 15-minute speech talking about politics and nationalism.
“I heard someone here said ‘desh se nahi, desh mein azadi chahiye’ (I seek freedom in my nation, not from it). Can you say that in your house? Can you say I want azadi in my house and not from my house,” said Kher.
He also said that JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was “not doing enough to help his poor parents”. “He repeatedly said his parents are very poor, but what did he do to fix that?, added Kher.
What was his contribution?, he goes on to say. Kher added that his own father’s salary was Rs 90. When he got his first scholarship of Rs 200, he sent Rs 110 home. That was his contribution, said the actor. Talking about his film, which is about a “Naxal teacher brainwashing his student for his own politics”, Kher said, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam is the most contemporary film of our times.”[/tps_footer]