Actor Naseeruddin Shah has given his first reaction to the controversy generated by his remarks expressing fear over a number of topics, including religion.
"What I said was from the point of view of a worried Indian. I've said it before also. I don't know what I said this time because of which I'm being labelled a traitor."
(Question - Congress is supporting you and BJP is calling it a promotional stunt...)
"Well, that they will obviously say. And the truth then is that one can say that it was the Australian team that asked me to speak out against Virat Kohli."
"If they have the right to criticise, so do I. This is my country -- that I love and live in. I am talking about that and expressing my worries. What's the problem?"
(On someone sending him a train ticket to Lahore)
"I will send the ticket back."
"Now let it be."
(Have you ever faced any Hindu-Muslim issue?)
"I've never faced it."
The veteran actor had courted controversy on Thursday after he told a YouTube channel that he has been worried about his children over communal issues in the country.
"I worry about my children as they do not belong to any religion... I am worried about my children since, if a mob surrounds them and asks them 'Are you a Hindu or Muslim' they will have no answer. I worry because the situation does not seem to be improving anytime soon."
He also made a reference to the Bulandshahr violence and said that the "the death of a cow is more important than that of a police officer".
After the violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, where a mob went on a rampage over cow slaughter claiming the life of SHO Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year old Sumit, CM Yogi Adityanath faced flak for ordering the probe of those involved in the cow slaughter. As per an official spokesperson, the UP CM was of the view that the incident "is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner."