Aditya Roy Kapur and Anil Kapoor were speaking at the trailer launch of Malang.
Several Bollywood stars have reacted to the violence that took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday. Actors Aditya Roy Kapur and Anil Kapoor condemned the incident at the trailer launch of their upcoming film Malang in Mumbai on Monday.
"It has to be condemned. It was quite sad and shocking what I saw. It was very disturbing. I couldn't sleep the entire night, thinking about what has happened. It has to be condemned. Nothing will come out of violence. Whoever did this, they should be published absolutely," Anil Kapoor said while interacting with the media.
Aditya Roy Kapur added, "There's no place for that kind of violence in our country. The perpetrators have to be brought to task."
Earlier, B-town stars like Swara Bhasker, Shabana Azmi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Taapsee Pannu, and filmmakers Aparna Sen and Hansal Mehta had also criticised the act of violence that took place in JNU and urged Delhi Police to intervene.
Violence broke out at JNU on Sunday night after masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police.
At least 18 people were injured and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). JNU students' union president Aishe Ghosh suffered a head injury.
The Left-controlled JNUSU and the RSS-affiliated ABVP blamed each other for the violence that continued for nearly two hours. Several disturbing videos that show masked people carrying sticks and bats have gone viral on social media.
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Swara, whose mother Ira Bhaskar is a professor at the JNU, took to Twitter to appeal to the people on social media to reach the campus "to pressure the government and Delhi Police" to control the violence.
"Urgent appeal!!!! To all Delhiites PLS gather in large numbers outside the Main Gate of JNU campus on Baba Gangnath Marg.. to pressure the govt. & #DelhiPolice to stop the rampage by alleged ABVP masked goons on JNU campus," the actor captioned the video, adding that she was concerned about her parents' safety who live at the campus.
Commenting on Swara's video, Azmi said she was shocked by the violence and called for immediate action against the perpetrators.
"Is this really happening ? Im not in India and it all seems like a nightmare. 20 Students Admitted To AIIMS As Violence Breaks Out In JNU. Students and Teachers beaten. Reprehensible, Appalling Condemnable. Immediate action must be taken against the perpetrators," she tweeted.
Aparna alleged that the JNU students were being beaten up by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) "goons".
"How much longer are you going to look the other way? Or r u spineless? Yes I AM a liberal! Yes, I AM secular! And proud to be so if THIS is the alternative. Shame! Shame on ABVP & the police who are aiding & abetting them!" she tweeted.
Taapsee said it was saddening to see an educational institution "getting scarred forever".
She shared a video allegedly showing the situation on campus.
"Such is the condition inside what we consider to be a place where our future is shaped. It's getting scarred for ever. Irreversible damage. What kind of shaping up is happening here, it's there for us to see..." Taapsee tweeted.
Malayalam star Nivin Pauly tweeted, "What happened in #JNU last night was horrifying and frightening. This is brutality at its worst! Those attackers behind this violence against students and teachers must be punished. It’s time we stand united against hate and violence."
Pankaj Tripathi took to Twitter to share his sentiments on the issue and wrote that the attack on students and teachers of JNU has left him saddened and upset.
JNU के घटना से मन दुखी और व्यथित है , ये अमानवीय है। हिंसा क़तई स्वीकार नही।
— पंकज त्रिपाठी (@TripathiiPankaj) January 6, 2020
Zeeshan asked people to reach the JNU in large numbers.
"By closing the doors and roads they have given free hand to their goons. Tell your friends and relatives, tell everyone and gather there together," the actor said in a tweet.
"Friends in Okhla and Jamia go to Shaheen Bagh. This #JNUAttack has been done to divert attention and they'll surely attack Shaheen Bagh at night," he tweeted.
Zeeshan further called for peace amid violence and urged people to exercise patience and take care of their friends.
Urgent appeal!!!! To all Delhiites PLS gather in large numbers outside the Main Gate of JNU campus on Baba Gangnath Marg.. to pressure the govt. & #DelhiPolice to stop the rampage by alleged ABVP masked goons on JNU campus. PLS PLS share to everyone in Delhi!🙏🏿🙏🏿 9pm on 5th. Jan pic.twitter.com/IXgvvazoSn
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 5, 2020
Why do you need to cover your face? Because you know you are doing something wrong, illegal & punishable. There is no honour in this-Its horrific to see the visuals of students & teachers brutally attacked by masked goons inside JNU-Such violence cannot & should not be tolerated
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) January 5, 2020
If tonight we as a country cannot grow a conscience then there is no hope. The writing is on the wall. Think carefully about which side of history you want to be on. Each person who speaks up counts. There has to be a greater number of people who value and treasure humanity.
— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) January 5, 2020
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) January 5, 2020
अब बारी भाजपा की है निंदा करने की । वो बोलेंगे कि ये जिन्होंने किया ग़लत था , लेकिन सच यह है की जो हुआ भाजपा और ABVP ने किया और @narendramodi और @AmitShah की निगरानी और छत्र्छाया में किया । @DelhiPolice के साथ मिल के किया । यही एकमात्र सच है ।
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 5, 2020
How long will this be allowed to continue? How long will you turn a blind eye? How long will the defenceless be attacked in the name of politics or religion? Enough is enough. @DelhiPolice
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) January 5, 2020
such is the condition inside what we consider to be a place where our future is shaped. It’s getting scarred for ever. Irreversible damage. What kind of shaping up is happening here, it’s there for us to see.... saddening https://t.co/Qt2q7HRhLG
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) January 5, 2020
Director Anurag Kashyap retweeted several purported videos of violence and vandalism from the JNU.
Mehta asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to intervene.
"Dear @ArvindKejriwal. Can you do something to stop the violence in JNU?" the filmmaker tweeted.
Writer Kanika Dhillon too asked Kejriwal to step in.
"Sir!!! Pls atleast reach there!!!! Ur presence will help!!!!" she said.
"Masaan" fame director Neeraj Ghaywan asked the police to help the students.
"Extremely distressing video from JNU. @DelhiPolice, these are students, the future of our nation, like your own. Help them please!" Ghaywan wrote.
Filmmaker Vinod Kapri also shared an alleged video from JNU campus.
"This is a horrifying video. At least 30-40 masked goons are vandalising JNU hostel. Delhi Police is nowhere to be seen. This has full political support. TV news channels have shut their eyes," Kapri tweeted.
Filmmaker-composer Vishal Bhardwaj also condemned the violence. "It's shameful and enraging to see what's happening in #JNUViolence," he said.
Director Bejoy Nambiar questioned the silence of many in the film fraternity.
"All you silent friends of mine watch this !!! Watch this & then come and talk to me about how concerned you are about the damage to public' property. How is THIS OK ? How can we watch students & teachers being brutally attacked like this and stay quiet ?" he asked.
"#SOSJNU @DelhiPolice this is NOT OK. JNUSU president has been brutally beaten up. She is severely wounded. Media Please het there @ndtv @BBCIndia #JNU," tweeted director Onir.
Actor Richa Chadha said: "A few months ago JNU gave the world a Nobel laureate. Now JNU teachers and students are being beaten up for protesting a fee hike. World watches."
"Frightening visuals from #JNU. Praying that the #Delhipolice intervene swiftly and protect the students. Stay safe students. What a scary world we live in," wrote actor Siddharth on the microblogging site.
Director Anubhav Sinha tweeted: "Either this Government is not capable of maintaining law and order or they are complicit..."
Writer Gaurav Solanki called the attack on the varsity "an act of terror by terrorists". Director Anurag Basu said: "We can't remain mute spectators anymore! #SOSJNU".
Actor Renuka Shahane wrote on the microblogging site: "Complete lawlessness! How could masked goons enter JNU & terrorize students and teachers? What is @DelhiPolice doing?... Unbelievable!! Scary!! Shameful.
(With inputs from PTI)