Recently, a clip of Naseeruddin Shah calling Anupam Kher “a clown” went viral on social media. In response to that, Anupam Kher said that he did not take Shah’s words seriously. Now, this war of words has been interrupted by late Sushma Swaraj’s husband, Swaraj Kaushal.
In the video clip, Shah can be heard saying that, “Any number of his contemporaries from NFD and FTII can attest to his sycophantic nature. It’s in his blood, he can’t help it.”
Swaraj Kaushal, in response to Shah’s words, posted a series of tweets addressed to Shah, in which he praises both Anupam Kher and his wife Kirron Kher. He calls Anupam Kher an “honest, upright and a self made man.”
He also says, “What is it that you have and Anupam Kher does not have ? You think you are a better actor than Anupam Kher ? You are sadly mistaken.”
Anupam is an honest, upright and a self made man. I saw Kirron on stage when she did "Desire under the Elms" in 1971. She was an ace Badminton player. I think she was India Champion. She is M.A (English literature) First Class First. So was her sister Kanwal Thakur Singh.— Governor Swaraj (@governorswaraj) January 22, 2020
of Kashmir. Is he not entitled to weep out his pain ? What is it that you have and Anupam Kher does not have ? You think you are a better actor than Anupam Kher ? You are sadly mistaken.— Governor Swaraj (@governorswaraj) January 22, 2020
Swaraj further calls Shah “an ungrateful man” and “a disillusioned man”. He has tweeted, “Mr.Naseeruddin Shah, you are an ungrateful man. This country gave you all the name, fame and money. Yet you are a disillusioned man. You married outside your religion. No one ever said a word. Your brother became Lt.General of the Indian Army. Have you not been given more than an equal opportunity. Yet you are unhappy. You speak of apathy and discrimination. When you do all the blabbering, it is your 'conscience'. When Anupam speaks his pain on being declared homeless in his own country, it is 'psychophancy'. You are being thankless to the country that gave you everything. Kirron has been twice elected as a Member of Parliament. Anupam is a star in his own right. Look at his response. It is that of a gentleman. When you spoke, you looked small and petty. Suffice it to say that your anger is your frustration.”
than an equal opportunity. Yet you are unhappy. You speak of apathy and discrimination. When you do all the blabbering, it is your 'conscience'. When Anupam speaks his pain on being declared homeless in his own country, it is 'psychophancy'. You are being thankless to the— Governor Swaraj (@governorswaraj) January 22, 2020
He concludes his twitter thread with a dialogue from Devdas, uttered by Kirron Kher.
“Naseeruddin Shah ! Bs, tumhare shabd ab meri maan ki maryada ko paar kr chuke hain...(Your words are now beyond my understanding)”
"Naseeruddin Shah ! Bs, tumhare shabd ab meri maan ki maryada ko paar kr chuke hain..."https://t.co/uJxfBZncgg— Governor Swaraj (@governorswaraj) January 22, 2020
Soon after, Twitter erupted with criticism of Swaraj. Many started calling him out for his “bigotry”.
Marrying outside his religion depended on the benevolence of Swaraj Kaushal and gang? Fail to understand the point of this thread except the ridiculous outrage that a Muslim man isn’t suitably ‘grateful’ for doing well in life through his own hard work. https://t.co/bR9XajRe9m— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) January 23, 2020
Others also questioned Swaraj’s claim that Shah was allowed to marry outside his religion.
How does it matter that Naseeruddin Shah ‘married outside’ my his religion? He married a human he loved. How is that your business, you disgusting thing? Did you know your wife, Sushma Swaraj, was totally against Narendra Modi being chosen to lead BJP before the 2014 elections? https://t.co/mfls2ajyFv— Mona Ambegaonkar (@MonaAmbegaonkar) January 23, 2020
One Twitter user called Swaraj’s tweets “a very public meltdown”.
Wow, Governor Swaraj is having a very public meltdown. Calling sycophants, psychophants being the funnest part of the meltdown. The country allowed Naseer to marry outside his religion? Most countries would do so. What a thread. Please send some help to him. https://t.co/orlWeKEUgu— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) January 23, 2020
Sir, he achieved what he did out of his capabilities hard work etc in his OWN country...he is not against the country he is against the government and democratically he can be so can we....I thought aap us farq ko samjhenge but you guys are serving the leader and not the country— Noorie (@hnoorie1) January 23, 2020
The very part you have to say 'you're given equal opportunity' shows it wasn't given, it was achieved. Did anyone give him anything for free?— Jills Daniel ജിൽസ് ഡാനിയേൽ (@jillsdaniel) January 23, 2020
Besides why would anyone have any issue with him marrying whoever he pleases.
Well governor I could have understood Anupam Kher coming out and speaking about Mr. Shah. But the fact that the entire RW ecosystem is out against the statements shows that Mr. Shah was spot on. And I wish you looked at the arrogance of your own statement. It’s unbelievable.. 1/n— Sumit Katyal (@SumitKatyal2) January 22, 2020
“Married outside your religion, no one said a word”— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) January 23, 2020
Gee thanks for allowing that
That’s so sweet, almost noble
Seriously now, sir?!?!?!
Thank you so much Mr.Swaraj to "give" Mr. Naseeruddhin his talents. And thank you again not speaking anything when he got married outside his religion!! I guess he should be eternally grateful to you to let him breathe https://t.co/gx5tEWvBnv— SoberLama (@SoberLama) January 23, 2020
"Anupam (Kher) is an honest, upright and a self made man" whereas "This country gave you (Naseeruddin Shah) all the name, fame, and money". "You married outside your religion".— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) January 23, 2020
The bigotry. the privilege, the idiocy. Sounds like a ministerial aspirant. https://t.co/Ftes7ef4lB
People sympathetic to BJP, like Governor Swaraj often use this line of argument. What they are really trying to tell you is who they think this country really belongs to. Who is the rightful heir and who is the step sibling.— Lebrown James (@Naa_Cheese) January 23, 2020
This is what you sound like @governorswaraj. This trope is repeated by closet chauvinist bigots EVERY TIME any well known Muslim personality dares to express their discomfort with the rancid dogmatism & prejudice that has become a salient feature of our country pic.twitter.com/EuRUt7WZVR— Lebrown James (@Naa_Cheese) January 23, 2020
I didn't know people require His Excellency Swaraj Kaushal's permission to get married, or join the army or become an actor.— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) January 23, 2020
Sir may I please deboard metro at Inderlok? https://t.co/e40hP0ArGj
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