People on Twitter called out major Bollywood actors for maintaining a stoic silence after Delhi Police forcibly entered the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and attacked students studying in its library on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, the students of Jamia had led protests against the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed by Parliament last week. After violently cracking down on students, many of whom had to be rushed to the Holy Family hospital, the cops detained several students, releasing them only after mass protests outside the Delhi police headquarters.
As protests spread across cities in India, people from one industry remained quiet. The Hindi film industry, which has several alumni from Jamia (Kabir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan) didn’t quite come out in support of the protesting students and many Twitter users (and some actor/filmmakers) called out the fraternity for its silence.
Actress Sayani Gupta (Article 15, Margarita with a Straw), tagged actors who were part of a group that hung out with Prime Minister Narendra Modi early this year.
On behalf of the students of Jamia & AMU request at least one of you to tweet or message Mr.Modi condemning this act of police brutality and violence against students. The time has come to speak up guys. Yes? No? May be?@RanveerOfficial @karanjohar @ayushmannk @RajkummarRao pic.twitter.com/6l5ky5zbNt— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) December 15, 2019
Icons speak up. Icons take a stand. Bollywood at #U2Mumbai .. an Irish band raised the uncomfortable truth while you remain quiet again while your students protest. #Bollywood @rohitkhilnani @GargiRawat @MitaliLive pic.twitter.com/Ef32cO7bEP— jyotsna mohan (@jyotsnamohan) December 16, 2019
Dear @iamsrk, @aamir_khan... You guys know that people look up to you right. Millions of us.— Kannan Gopinathan (@naukarshah) December 11, 2019
Your silence is now getting deafening.
Whatever GoI is threatening you with, your silence is going to cost you so much more. Love & respect you guys earned with your hardwork!#NoToCAB
Prime Minister’s Friends : Every actor, singer, celebrity from Assam on the street, protesting CAA. And these Bollywood stars are still silent because they are worried about their box office returns. Students are getting beaten up all over the country, at least raise your voice! pic.twitter.com/d97lLdgwY5— Aruni Kashyap (@AruniKashyap) December 16, 2019
Does anyone other than @anubhavsinha @IamOnir @ReallySwara @RichaChadha & a handful of others have a spine in Bollywood? Silent on every issue of crushing importance. More disappointing when you see Hollywood biggies leading march on sexual violence, climate change, immigration.— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) December 14, 2019
FUCK YOU EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE AN OPINION!!!! FUCK YOU!!! FUCK YOU AGAIN!!!! YOU ARE NO ICONS!!! YOU ARE BUSINESSMEN!!!! FUCK YOU!!!— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) December 15, 2019
Remembering the time when @AnushkaSharma and @imVkohli shouted from the car, made a needless fiasco, and were REALLY concerned citizens of this country when someone littered on the streets.— Ujaan (@ujaanghosh) December 16, 2019
Waiting for ONE TWEET, just ONE TWEET from either of them on #CABProtests #Jamia https://t.co/cu8OGrIFZr
Literally don't expect shit from them but they still continue to disappoint. Spineless, the whole lot— m (@mahween) December 16, 2019
However, there were a few voices from the industry that registered their dissent.
I studied at Jamia. It is where I trained to be a filmmaker, where I met my best friends for life. It is the place that gave me hope and encouragement when I was a confused young girl trying to navigate my way through life. I have such fond memories. But today....— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) December 15, 2019
We are with the students! Shame on you @DelhiPolice— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) December 15, 2019
JNU, FTII, AMU, Nalanda, BHU, Cotton University, Jamia Milia ... scared of students much? This is not a coincidence.— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) December 15, 2019
“If you have no love - do what you will. Go after all the Gods on earth, do all the social activities, try to reform the poor, enter politics, write books, poems- you are a dead human being. Without love your problems willl increase, multiply endlessly.”— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) December 16, 2019
- J. Krishnamurti pic.twitter.com/a6Ec6YnLDj
Did they just pull out a boy who was protecting these girls and beat him up ??? Do you expect anyone to believe anything the police says after this ? https://t.co/XYSfCSHjyu— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) December 15, 2019
Heartbreaking. A hindu student from #JMU speaks about how broken she is after last nights. how important it is to speak up for ones “family”, which is not defined by religion . “education is to stand up for ones rights & of fellow citizens “ #StandWithJamia #StandWithAMU https://t.co/FcFn6W8We0— Onir (@IamOnir) December 16, 2019
Meanwhile, Mumbai University students have planned a protest at the Kalina campus at 4 pm today.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.