Kangana Ranaut has been trying every possible way to stay in the headlines these days. First, it was Manikarnika pool of controversies, now it has shifted to her blabbering on about politics. She recently created quite an uproar with her comments about Pakistan, post the disastrous Pulwama attack led by the terrorist group Jaesh-e-Mohammad (JeM) on 14th February which martyred nearly 45 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Indian soldiers in Kashmir, where she strongly suggested that we should focus on destroying Pakistan, not banning them. She had said,
“Pakistan has not only violated our nation’s security they have also attacked our dignity by openly threatening and humiliating us. We need to take decisive actions or else our silence will be misunderstood for our cowardice… Bharat is bleeding today, the killing of our sons is like a dagger in our gut; anyone who lectures about non-violence and peace at this time should be painted black, put on a donkey and slapped by everyone on the streets.”
Taking a straight shot at hypocrites of the country, she said,
“People like Shabana Azmi calling for a halt on the cultural exchange — they are the ones who promote Bharat Tere Tukde Honge gangs… why did they organise an event in Karachi in the first place when Pakistani artistes have been banned after Uri attacks? And now they are trying to save face? The film industry is full of such anti-nationals who boost enemies’ morals in many ways, but right now is the time to focus on decisive actions… Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is.”
Well, after she commented so brashly about Shabana Azmi and the neighbour country, she invited both support and flak from the netizens. But since she doesn’t hesitate in putting her opinions on the table, in an interview, when she was asked to react to the cowardly Pulwama attack, she aggressively objected to not taking our brave soldiers for granted and understand that the attack was not just on the army men, in fact, it was on our country, on us. She asserted,
“First of all we should stop calling it an attack on soldiers, it’s an attack on each one of us because soldiers are our defence and they martyred for us. Any Indian, who is presently feeling that they are doing some ‘ehsaan’ on the soldiers by showing sympathy, they should just remember ki hamla hum par hua hai. Defence of your house is for you and our soldiers made the supreme sacrifice for us and our anger is justified.”
In an attempt to suggest a solution for this, she urged PM Modi to scrap Article 370. For the uninitiated who don’t know what this Article 370 is, it is an act in the Constitution of India which guarantees autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This special status was given in late 1947 which exempts J&K from the complete applicability of the Indian Constitution. Even to this day, the provision stands to be controversial and debatable. The Queen actor said,
“We should use this time to do something constructive and it’s my sincere request to our Prime Minister to scrap article 370. There shouldn’t be a state in the country, whose people, even after so many years of independence, are still confused as to which side do they belong. They don’t know which country they belong to. I think all Indians should come together and request our Prime Minister and make sure that it happens,”
Meanwhile, Kangana was further asked for her opinion about Bollywood banning Pakistan, a cultural ban where no Pakistani artists will be allowed to collaborate with Indians for movies, music, anything. To this, Ranaut added,
“People in Pakistan love our films and love us but somewhere we need to draw the line. There is a religion for everything, war also has its own religion. In this, we are with our country. And the people of Pakistan should be inspired. They are with their country and we are with ours. There are no two ways about it. We are with our soldiers, our government and our soil.” She further added, “There should be no conflict. If families of the soldiers are hurt then why should we entertain Pakistani artists? Emotions of the families are most important right now.”
Apart from Kangana Ranaut, many Bollywood celebs including Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar, have come out and condemned the attack strongly. Not just condemned, several like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, and others have also lent a hand of financial support to the families of the bereaved. In this troubled time, the country needs to stand united and take action whatever the government deems suitable.
Kangana Ranaut was last seen in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, a biopic on the life of Indian freedom fighter, Rani Laxmibai, which apparently, along with a whole lot of controversies also earned a huge amount of more than 100 crores recently. She apparently debuted as a director with this movie.
The IMDb synopsis of the movie reads,
Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and her resistance to the British Rule.
Currently, she is working on two films, first Panga opposite Punjabi superstar, Jassie Gill and the second, Mental Hai Kya which also stars the talented Rajkummar Rao in the lead role. The movie looks very interesting, owing to its quirky posters. Kangana reportedly will be seen playing a voice-over artist and Rajkummar will play an entrepreneur in the movie.