Several old tweets made by filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri began to resurface on social media after he was appointed as the new cultural representative of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). His appointment to the council was formalised by the ICCR president, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, on Monday.
As soon as the news of Agnihotri’s appointment as the new cultural representative of ICCR came out, some of the filmmakers old sexist and misogynistic tweets (later deleted by him) began to resurface, questioning his selection to be a part of the government’s cultural body.
Vivek Agnihotri is new cultural representative of Indian Council for cultural relations.— Advaid അദ്വൈത് (@Advaidism) September 15, 2020
Here are his old three tweets, which he deleted later in 2018 after being called out by AltNews. pic.twitter.com/s4w29IrSO1
Vivek Agnihotri has been nominated as India's Cultural Representative at ICCR. He earned with his tweets. pic.twitter.com/t2qLFD62GO— Dr.Sunil Kumar Meena (@DrSunilKumar_) September 16, 2020
Congrats to Vivek Agnihotri for being appointed cultural representative of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) September 16, 2020
I knew the govt would reward him appropriately after Tanushree Dutta claimed he told her - "Kapde utaar ke naach."
Agnihotri’s tweets include a distasteful rape joke featuring the Tata Nano and a dig at actor Swara Bhasker, asking her “Where is the placard - #MeTooProstituteNun?”, which he was forced to take down after Twitter locked the filmmaker's account for violating its rules in September 2018.
In her tweet, Swara Bhasker had slammed Kerala MLA PC George for making objectionable remarks against a nun demanding the arrest of a bishop who allegedly raped her. Agnihotri’s tweet was in response to Bhasker’s tweet condemning the MLA.
Agnihotri, who has directed films such as Chocolate, Hate Story and The Tashkent Files is also part of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The ICCR was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. Its objectives include formulation of policies for India’s external cultural relations, the fostering of cultural relations between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges.
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