Even as the Award Waapsi campaign seems to have died out, Self proclaimed Joker film director – Shirish Kunder seems to have ignited the controversy all over again.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Shrish Kunder with husband wife Farah Khan, said “India is becoming intolerant, Why can’t we allow students to say whatever they want to say, and filmmakers to make whatever they want to make?”
When our reporter, Arnab Comeswamy, asked him whether he’s going to return any award as a sign of protest against rising intolerance, Shirish Kunder got emotional and said “Yes, I will, as soon as I get one”.
After this news many Bollywood celebrities followed suit and started returning awards in anticipation. Yo Yo Honey Singh returned his anticipated Grammy Award, Aamir Khan returned Academy Award and Shah Rukh Khan returned $ 1,000, 000 (amount equal to all the awards that he’s bought so far with).
THB correspondent spoke to Shirish Kunder’s childhood teacher Mrs Tarka Butt. Mrs Butt told our correspondent that it’s not the first time, Shirish has complaint against rising intolerance, when he was in class 4th and there was just no gap between two exams, he complaint of rising intolerance. School principal refused to provide any gap, Shirish then returned 1st prize in essay writing, in anticipation.
While most Bollywood celebrities stood by Shirish’s comments on rising intolerance, Mr. Anupam Kher said “It’s a ridiculous attempt to defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi; I am not going to return my Bharat Ratna”