JNU attack: Taapsee Pannu, Zoya Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Dia Mirza & other B-town celebs join hands to protest against violence
Bollywood is a significant industry with stars being closely scrutinized for every move they make. Last night, B-town personalities led hundreds of people in a peaceful protest against the JNU attack that took place on Sunday. Reportedly, a masked mob entered the campus of the university and bashed up the students and teachers with sticks and iron rods. Not only did they beat up the people present there but also vandalized the properties spreading further terror and chaos. While the miscreants are yet to be identified, people all across the country have taken to social media to condemn the incident and demand the safety of everyone present there.
Celebrities like Taapsee Pannu, Dia Mirza, Zoya Akhtar, Richa Chadha, Vishal Bharadwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Anubhav Sinha, Rahul Bose, Swanand Kirkire, Reema Kagti, Hansal Mehta and many more joined the protest at Carter Road in Bandra on Monday evening to express solidarity with JNU students and teachers.
Swara, whose mother Ira Bhaskar is a professor at the JNU, took to Twitter and asked people to reach the campus “to pressure the government and Delhi Police” to control the violence.
“Urgent appeal!!!! To all Delhiites PLS gather in large numbers outside the Main Gate of JNU campus on Baba Gangnath Marg.. to pressure the govt. & #DelhiPolice to stop the rampage by alleged ABVP masked goons on JNU campus,” the actor captioned the video, adding that she was concerned about her parents’ safety who live at the campus.
Urgent appeal!!!! To all Delhiites PLS gather in large numbers outside the Main Gate of JNU campus on Baba Gangnath Marg.. to pressure the govt. & #DelhiPolice to stop the rampage by alleged ABVP masked goons on JNU campus. PLS PLS share to everyone in Delhi!🙏🏿🙏🏿 9pm on 5th. Jan pic.twitter.com/IXgvvazoSn
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 5, 2020
Commenting on Swara’s video, veteran actor Shabana Azmi said she was shocked by the violence and called for immediate action against the perpetrators.
This is beyond shocking ! Condemnation is not enough. Immediate action needs to be taken against the perpetrators . https://t.co/P5Arv9aNhj
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) January 5, 2020
Some stars even took to social media to show their solidarity like Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, Riteish and Genelia, Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao among others.
#Repost • @rheakapoor
Very rarely do I get into politics on social media because my first thought is who really cares what I think? Am I equipped to give an opinion on a public platform about things that I may barely… https://t.co/3yNRJqaG1q
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) January 6, 2020
Why do you need to cover your face? Because you know you are doing something wrong, illegal & punishable. There is no honour in this-Its horrific to see the visuals of students & teachers brutally attacked by masked goons inside JNU-Such violence cannot & should not be tolerated
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) January 5, 2020
Absolutely disturbed to see the visuals of masked goons enter JNU and attack students & teachers – sheer brutality!! Humble appeal to the police to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice
— Genelia Deshmukh (@geneliad) January 5, 2020
It breaks my heart to see what happened at JNU! What’s going on in India is horrifying!! Students & teachers being beaten up & terrorized by masked cowards!! The constant blame game!Stooping so low for political agendas!Violence is NEVER a solution! How have we become so inhuman?
— Kriti Sanon (@kritisanon) January 6, 2020
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) January 5, 2020
such is the condition inside what we consider to be a place where our future is shaped. It’s getting scarred for ever. Irreversible damage. What kind of shaping up is happening here, it’s there for us to see…. saddening https://t.co/Qt2q7HRhLG
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) January 5, 2020
How long will this be allowed to continue? How long will you turn a blind eye? How long will the defenceless be attacked in the name of politics or religion? Enough is enough. @DelhiPolice
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) January 5, 2020
Organised attack on the students because what they say ,do or believe in?!!Since when has having an opinion a crime in modern India??Cover your faces, the world is looking at you….#SOSJNU
— anurag basu (@basuanurag) January 6, 2020
This is a real shame. Teachers are being attacked ! Gurur Devo Bhava ? Tragic. The world is watching this descent into madness. https://t.co/JFWgsH3tE1
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) January 5, 2020
Please go there personally. Immediately sir. You are completely in your rights and within your authority to do so. Please be the voice of concern for students and educational institutions. This is a very critical time. Please let ambulances in. Students are hiding in their rooms. https://t.co/6EcjDZtnob
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) January 5, 2020
Just when one thought things couldn’t get any worse.Can’t find words strong enough to condemn this?What have we become as a nation?Pre-planned attacks on students are horrific enough,who on earth attacks medical personnel & destroys ambulances.This collective madness has to stop https://t.co/0y1SGMa2a0
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) January 5, 2020
Meanwhile, singing played a large part in the protest as filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj along with his wife, singer Rekha Bhardwaj, performed ‘Aao Na’ from his movie Haider. Lyricist-singer Swanand Kirkire sang iconic ‘Baawra Mann’ from Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Musician Ankur Tiwari too stood at the centre at Mumbai’s Carter Road promenade, and began humming his guitar. “Tere Zaalim Iraadon Ke Zulmo Sitam Sahe, Wo Hum Nahi, Jo Khauf Ke Kahar Se, Khamosh Rah Gaye,” Tiwari crooned. He’d later reveal that he’d only written and composed the song the day before. Songs such as We Shall Over Come and Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna further empowered the gathered protestors. The two hour long protest came to an end, with the crowd singing National Anthem and chanting “Inquilab Zindabad”.
We all stand in solidarity with JNU students.