Celebrities and a certain section of people are going gaga over Meryl Streep's speech targeting the President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter during his campaign. Bollywood stars have praised Meryl for her boldness and Twitterati wanted B-town to grow a spine and call 'a spade a spade' without any fear.
However, film-maker Mahesh Bhatt said that whenever Bollywood celebs speak out against anything, the backlash is too much to handle and one doesn't take the risk to be openly talk about politics in the country. He gave out examples of the Pakistani artists being banned in India after the Uri attacks. Salman Khan and Mahesh Bhatt were against the idea of film artists being compared with terrorists from across the border and both the celebs received taunts as being anti-nationals.
Mahesh Bhatt opened up by saying, "When there was this huge uproar about banning Pakistani artists, everyone saw the kind of reaction people like me, Salman and Om Puri got, who said that one should not think paint artists and terrorists with the same brush. We were called anti-nationals, crackpots and what not. Unlike politicians, film stars don't have foot soldiers to protect them."
The film-maker also said why Bollywood stars like to remain mum on political issues. "Even those in the industry who you have worked with are used as tools to criticise you. Having said that, of course you will face some kind of a reaction if you go against the popular belief or opinion. If you are scared of being lonely, then don't try to be 'right.' It's that simple."