In the centre of a storm over the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over ‘intolerance’, one of the signatories, Anurag Kashyap is not shying away from hitting out at the abuse directed at him. After reporting a death threat to the Mumbai Police following the row, the filmmaker shot back at the ‘troll army’ for trying to ‘counter the truth’ by digging out ‘false narratives’ and making accusations at all the signatories of the controversial letter. The ‘Manmarziyaan’ director stated that if this was the case with just a letter, he wondered what would’ve been the story had every ‘self-serving action of the regime’ been questioned.
Five days after the letter became one of the most controversial topics in the country, Anurag hit out at the online abuse, “If one letter can impact them so much that they need an entire troll army to keep digging out false narratives & throw various accusations continuously at signatories to counter the truth, imagine what would happen if we start questioning every self serving action of the regime.”
He continued the Twitter thread with the hashtag ‘Stop lynchings’, one of the core issues the artists’ group had raised in the letter.
Before this tweet, Kashyap had complained about a death threat on Twitter, following the row over the letter, to the Mumbai Police. The force had taken note of his complaint while urging him to register a formal complaint with the nearest police station.
49 artists including Anurag Kashyap, Konkona Sensharma, Aparna Sen, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, wrote to PM Modi over ‘intolerance’, by highlighting the mob lynchings and the use of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans as a ‘war cry.’
This was countered by 62 celebrities including Kangana Ranaut, Prasoon Joshi, Madhur Bhandarkar, who termed the other group’s letter as ‘selective outrage and false narrative’.