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Mob lynching controversy: Konkana Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap and 47 celebs write to PM Narendra Modi

In a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, 49 celebrities expressed their fear about the rising lynching cases and mentioning about ‘Jai Shri Ram’ becoming a war cry

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Konkana Sen Sharma and Anurag Kashyap. Picture courtesy: Instagram

Indian actors, filmmakers, social media activists like Konkana Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam and 45 others have sent out a strongly-worded letter to PM Narendra Modi today (July 24). The letter comes in the wake of the rise in mob-lynching cases. For the uninitiated, several mob lynching cases have been registered across India recently. In fact, the letter mentions how Muslims, dalits and other minority caste members are being targetted. Additionally, they are even alleging that ‘Jai Shri Ram’ has now become a war cry!

Clearly, the celebrities are shocked by the events. And hence, they wrote to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. They are hoping that the India Prime Minister, who has criticised such incidents in the Parliament, acts upon this matter. In fact, the celebs are also feeling that people who criticise the current government are being tagged as ‘anti-national’ or ‘urban naxal’. This is scary for them and they want their freedom of speech. In the letter, they mention that they are genuinely concerned about the fate of the country as Indians.

Check out the letter to Narendra Modi right here:

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49 celebrities wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the mob lynching cases increased in India.

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The letter 49 celebrities wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the mob lynching cases increased in India.

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49 celebrities wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the mob lynching cases increased in India.

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49 celebrities wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the mob lynching cases increased in India.

With such a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister of India, we are sure a lot of questions will be raised. Wonder how PM Narendra Modi will react. What’s your take? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates and news.

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Sacred Games Season 2: Anurag Kashyap blamed again for insulting a religion

This time it’s a few Sikhs who seem to be offended by a particular scene in Sacred Games

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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has been blamed again for insulting a religion. Akali Dal leader Manjinder Sirsa has alleged that ‘Anurag Kashyap has deliberately put a scene in Sacred Games 2 of Saif Ali Khan who plays a Sikh officer throwing his Kada (a sacred ornament) for Sikhs as something that is ordinary.’ Sirsa took to Twitter and wrote, “I wonder why Bollywood continues to disrespect our religious symbols! Anurag Kashyap deliberately puts this scene in Sacred Games S2 where Saif Ali Khan throws his Kada in sea! A KADA is not an ordinary ornament. It’s the pride of Sikhs & a blessing of Guru Sahib.”

Sirsa has demanded immediate removal of the scene from the show and threatened legal action against the platform. There have instances in the past when Netflix has removed scenes after objections have been taken by concerned parties. Netflix had deleted the explicit depiction of suicide of a character from the show 13 Reasons Why after medical experts expressed concerns. The platform had removed a real life disaster used in the film Bird Box.

Also read: Sacred Games, Bard of Blood: 5 book adaptations that you just can’t miss on screen

One will have to wait and watch if the scene from Sacred Games Season 2 goes out or stays. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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John Abraham shows Vice President Venkaiah Naidu glimpses of his controversial film Batla House

The Vice President of India met the cast and crew of John Abraham’s Batla House and shared his encouragement on Twitter

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The entire team of Batla House met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday evening to apprise him about Batla House and show him some portions of the film.  After the meeting the Vice President wrote on Twitter, “They explained to me that the motivation for the film was to uncover the truth of the incident that took place 11 years ago in the Batla House area in Delhi. My best wishes to the entire team.”

It is being reported that John Abraham plays the police officer who was martyred in the encounter. But knowing how Bollywood functions, it is very likely that a lot of creative liberties will be taken. On the other hand, two of the accused in the case have complained in court against the film’s release. The Batla House encounter was questioned and even labelled as a fake encounter by various political parties like Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party.

In the controversial encounter two alleged terrorists from Indian Mujhahideen were killed. The Batla house encounter happened a week after five serial blasts on September 13, 2008 that killed over 30 people and left over 100 injured. According to reports, Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged chief of IM had fled Batla House before the encounter took place. For more Bollywood news and updates, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Dia Mirza – Sahil Sangha breakup: Kanika Dhillon not involved at all?

Market was agog with rumours that Kanika Dhillon was responsible for Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha’s separation, but Dia has rubbished these allegations

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From L to R: Sahil Sangha, Dia Mirza, Kanika Dhillon

Dia Mirza has rubbished reports about writer Kanika Dhillon being the reason behind her separation from Sahil Sangha. The actress took to social media and wrote, “There is absolutely no truth to the alleged reports and no third person is the reason for Sahil and I to part ways.” Making an apology to Kanika, Dia wrote, “I am so sorry Kanika that people can be so disgraceful. All my love to you.”

 

Kanika Dhillon also clarified that her separation from husband Prakash Kovelamudi had taken place much before Judgementall Hai Kya and she does not know Sahil Sangha at all! She also took to Twitter and wrote, “Laughable-Despicable-Irresponsible! Fiction writing is my job! Can tabloids b a lill more responsible pls? Jst bcos 2news items come at d same time-They can’t b interlinked! It’s not a potpourri! Hav NEVER met Diya/ Sahil in my ENTIRE life! Pls get over it n let us get back 2 work!’ For more Bollywood news and updates, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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