Mumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Saturday took a dig at his occasional collaborator Naseeruddin Shah over the latterâs comment expressing fear for his children in todayâs India.
Reacting to Mr Shahâs statement, which has been drawing the ire of right-wing groups and leaders, Mr Kher asked how much more freedom does Mr Shah expect in a country where âone can abuse the army and pelt stones at soldiersâ.
Mr Kher stated, âThereâs so much freedom in the country that you can abuse the army, badmouth the air chief and pelt stones at soldiers. How much more freedom do you need in a country? He (Mr Shah) said what he felt like; it doesnât mean itâs the truth.â
Mr Shah (68), while criticising mob violence in the country, had said that he chose not to give religious education to his children.
âIn many, areas we are witnessing that the death of a cow has more significance than that of a police officer. I feel anxious thinking about my children. Because they donât have a religion... tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks âare you a Hindu or a Muslim?â they will have no answer. It worries me because I donât see the situation improving anytime soon. These matters donât scare me, they make me angry,â Mr Shah had said.