Mumbai: Five times National award wining actor Prakash Raj took a hit out at PM Narendra Modi on Sunday over his silence on the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Raj was speaking at the inauguration of the 11th State meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) where he said that he could tell when those in power-including PM Narendra Modi were ‘acting’ and he felt like giving his national awards back.
The case has been registered against the actor in a Lucknow court on a complaint lodged by a lawyer over his critical remarks on Prime Minister. The case is scheduled to be heard on October 7.
On Monday, Raj stirred up a storm after questioning the ‘absolute silence’ of PM Modi on those ‘celebrating’ the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh. The actor, a close friend of the Lankesh family, said the prime minister and others were acting as if nothing had happened despite having social media followers celebrating the killing on social media.
“Who killed my dear friend Gauri is not as important to me today as who has been celebrating her death. There may not be proof as to who killed Gauri but we can see who is celebrating it and from this we can form an idea of who could have killed her. The underlying cruelty in all of this is apparent to many people. Many of those celebrating Gauri’s death are persons followed by the Prime Minister on social media. The PM has been absolutely silent about these people,” Raj said at the Bengaluru event.
He also said,“When we see these people going around acting as if nothing has happened, I feel like giving them the five National Awards I have won for acting.”
“Look I am a seasoned actor, can I not see through the acting? Give me some respect. Am I stupid? Are people foolish that they cannot see through all this? Are the youth of today blind? The time has come for Modi to understand this,” Raj continued.
While speaking about politicians Raj said,”I saw a video, I couldn’t tell if he was Uttar Pradesh chief minister or a temple priest. Looks like he plays a double role. When I see such talented actors, I feel like giving them all five National Awards that were given to me. Let’s not be afraid of such people. They are not stronger than us. Our weakness is their strength,” as per reported in Indian Express.
Prakash Raj is a prominent name in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi film industries. He has won five National Film Awards for his incredible body of work in the movies.