Mumbai/New Delhi: On Sunday, the Jamia Millia Islamia University campus was the site of clashes between the police and students over CAA. Bollywood stars had varied reactions to the turn of events. There have been hoards of tweets by Bollywood actors, directors reacting on the violent clashes that took place at Jamia campus. Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava who rose to fame with her directorial “Lipstick Under by Burkha” supported in a series of tweets and condemned the police action.
Actors who shared views on CAA include Rajkumar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal. Vicky took to Twitter and wrote, “What is happening is not okay. The way it’s happening is not okay. People have every right to peacefully voice their opinion. This violence and disruption is both saddening and concerning as a fellow citizens.”
On the other hand, female actor Bhumi Pednekar shared her views on the Jamia incident on social media, “Violence is not a tool to make our country better. We are a democracy and we have the power to exercise our fundamental rights in a rightful manner.”
Riteish Deshmukh expressed his opinion on the issue as well and said he stands with the students and against violence.
Swara Bhaskar wrote on her Twitter account< “Shocking messages of violence, tear gas shelling from #Jamia in #Delhi! Why are students being treated like criminals? Why are hostels being tear gassed..??? What is going on #DelhiPolice??? Shocking and shameful! #CABProtests.”
Konkana Sensharma also slammed the Delhi Police. “We are with the students! Shame on you, @DelhiPolice,” she tweeted.
Koena Mitra, however, endorsed the police. She quote-tweeted a purported video of the protests, writing, “Disgusting!! I support Delhi Police. That’s how you handle criminals. Mockery of tax payers money, nothing else, sick!! #CABProtests #Jamia #DelhiPolice #JamiaMillia.”
Manoj Bajpayee tweeted, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. With the students and their democratic rights to protest ! I condemn violence against protesting students!!!!”
Parineeti Chopra called the violence ‘barbaric’ and tweeted, “If this is what’s gonna happen every time a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC.”
There are many others who have either supported the students or have condemned the protesters for resorting to violence.