Coming out in solidarity with the Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, veteran director Shyam Benegal on Wednesday said it is sad that the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ filmmaker had to reiterate his patriotism.
I feel very sad that he had to make a statement like that because how can anybody doubt his patriotism or his love for this country. Does it need to be reiterated every day of his life or my life, because there is a demand on people to prove his patriotism? Why should one do that?Shyam Benegal
Benegal also questioned the constant demand made on Indians to prove their patriotism.
Johar made a video appeal on Wednesday to those protesting the release of his directorial venture because it has Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Johar said he was hurt to be called an anti-national because “country comes first” for him.
When you are born here, when you live here or make a livelihood here, you are going to live all your life in your country and you are not planning to leave or go anywhere else. You are an important and successful member of the society. Why should a person like him have to constantly say that he will not do this? Why have we come to this situation?Benegal
Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has threatened to stall the movie’s release on October 28.