Saif Ali Khan's controversial statement — 'there was no concept of India before Britishers gave it one' — in an interview with a film critic has irked many on the Internet. While 'Tanhaji' continues to draw in the crowds, Saif has admitted that the film's politics are questionable and the idea of swaraj that Tanhaji propagates through the film does not qualify as history because there was no concept of India as a self-governed nation until the British colonizers gave one.
Netizens have a big question to ask Saif Ali Khan, a self-confessed history buff — 'Why did the actor not speak before the film released? Why now, when the film is a superhit?' Netizens pointed out Saif's hypocrisy and also demanded to boycott his future films for his statement. Actress Payal Rohatgi, journalist Tarek Fatah, director Vivek Agnihotri and others slammed the actor for his statement.
Saif Ali Khan is smart, talk on potentially controversial things after the film has become a hit, not before that. Definitely wiser than Spice PR.— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) January 19, 2020
Just one video revealed Reel vs Real face of Bollywood actor. pic.twitter.com/MxPLvn8KPB— Political Kida (@PoliticalKida) January 19, 2020
Am I listening interview of Saif Ali Khan?if u knew Tanhaji distorting d facts,den why u did d movie?u will do d movie knowing something distorting history,will take money and after that u will telling bad about d movie is hypocrisy at highest order.— S . MOHAPATRA (@SPMOHAPATRA5) January 19, 2020
Boycott jawaani Jaaneman— Ujjawal Kumar (@ujjawal_kumar11) January 19, 2020
Because Saif backstabbing tanhaji
Earlier, journalist Tarek Fatah had asked Saif whether the East India company had come searching for China, or whether Vasco D'Gama had been searching for Fiji when he discovered the sea route to India.
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