The Union government has said that not just artistes, even a common man can go anywhere to express their opinion in a democracy like India. This statement from the government comes amidst calls, including from some Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, to boycott Bollywood star Deepika Padukone’s upcoming movie Chhapaak for her recent visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Nobody objected to such expression of opinions, Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters when asked at a Cabinet briefing about Padukone’s visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday to express solidarity with the students who were attacked by a mob.
About the call given by some party functionaries to boycott her upcoming movie, the minister said he had not read their remarks but sought to underscore the significance of his statement, saying he is stating so as a minister and a “permanent” BJP spokesperson.
“This country is a democracy. Why only artistes, even a common can go anywhere and express his opinion,” the information and broadcasting minister said.