Wise men say, ‘life is actually a comedy that just pretends to be a tragedy'. The scale of contradictions it presents before you can make you laugh! Here is the new one - Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, the elder brother of the notorious Akbaruddin Owaisi who made a hate speech against the country's secular values, criticized Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan for meeting Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi and prompted his followers to not watch his latest flick Jai Ho.
Salman earlier met Narendra Modi in Gujarat on a Makar Sakranthi day and had lunch with him. The Jai Ho actor participated in the kite flying festival that day with Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. While Salman always clarified that it is just for the promotion of his latest film Jai Ho, it didn't go well with many including Asaduddin Owaisi.
Even though it is understandable that Owaisi might have problems with the kind of politics Mr.Narendra Modi represents, prompting his followers to not to watch a commercial film like Jai Ho cannot be exactly democratic. Salman Khan, as an actor and an entertainer, might have to meet many a day and he always maintained that he has no particular political favorites and constantly gave statements that he wanted Jai Ho to be tax free and that's why he met Mr Modi.
By the way, Salman didn't apologize and was never on backfoot to the angry reaction of Hyderabad MP. He said what he wanted to say," What can I say to that, if as a Muslim I have gone there to see that my Muslims brothers are doing well, I don't think there is anything wrong. I am half Hindu and half Muslim. So, I have closeness to both the communities. My mother is Hindu, my father is Muslim and there is nothing else, I would want to have them together."
So the question is open to the people of India. It is an easy guess to find out whom people will support. Most Indians would support the bollywood superstar, who stands for a secular, peaceful India where people live in harmony without getting discriminated on communal grounds.
Salman asks whether it is his crime to promote his film by flying Jai Ho kites that spread a positive message. Salman added, "If that is a crime or to promote my film by flying Jai Ho kites and to spread a positive message is a crime, then I think those followers should think twice and listen to him and not go and see such a positive film with so much of goodness in it." It is very clear that Salman Khan is not ready to bent down his head for irrational stands of religious or political leaders.
When you are doing the right things and stand for the right values, then you don't have to fear anything, right ? As our national poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, let my country awake where the mind is without fear and the head is held high'