During an interview, BJP’s GVL Narasimha Rao said that most Indian film stars have “very low IQ and very low general knowledge”.
Following demeaning remarks hurled at movie stars, renowned actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar on Wednesday hit out at BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao over his comments on the IQ levels of actors.
During an interview to Times Now, the BJP leader said that most Indian film stars have “very low IQ and very low general knowledge”. Rao’s comments came during a debate on the ongoing controversy on Tamil movie “Mersal”. The Atlee Kumar directed movie which also stars Tamil actor Vijay, has scenes which criticise the newly introduced GST reform and the Modi government’s Digital India initiative.
Criticising the movie and its makers, the BJP spokesperson said, “In any case, most of our film stars have very low IQ, very low general knowledge.”
Sharply reacting at Narasimha Rao’s remark, Farhan Akhtar took to Twitter and shared a post saying, “How dare you, sir? And to all film people in his ranks.. here’s what he thinks of you. #shame.”
Replying to the Bollywood star’s post, Rao tweeted, “Farhan ji, Expressing an opinion is not a dare. Respect stars4work. Pl do take criticism in stride. No intolerance please!!”
Backing Rao, another Twitter user wrote to Farhan Akhtar, “I thought u knew the difference between ‘all’ and ‘most of’. U only proved him right.”
I thought u knew the difference between 'all' and 'most of'. U only proved him right.😂😂😂— Kaivalya Pendse (@kaivalyapendse) October 22, 2017
However, in an apt reply, Akhtar responded saying, “It’s not about most and all. It’s the condescending attitude towards the profession.”
It’s not about most and all. It’s the condescending attitude towards the profession.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 22, 2017
Earlier, BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit had demanded for the removal of specific dialogues from “Mersal”, which criticizes the government’s policy reforms. And amid the saffron party’s outrage, opposition leaders like Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and DMK’s MK Stalin, apart from actors like Kamal Haasan, took a dig at BJP for making attempts to silence words of criticism against the government.