The mob attack on the students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi has sparked nationwide outrage, with several artists from the Indian film industry condemning the attack. Notably, some of the country’s top actresses have spoken strongly against the violence and the current political climate of the country.
Last night, actor Deepika Padukone visited the JNU campus in Delhi to express solidarity with those who were protesting against the violence that was unleashed by masked miscreants on students and professors on January 5.
Though soon after Deepika’s visit to the campus, hashtags such as #boycottchhapaak, #boycottbollywood #JNUfilmpromotions started trending on leading social media sites, Deepika’s courageous gesture was lauded by her colleagues and fans alike.
Hats off to @deepikapadukone for showing up at JNU. And much credit to the many other women of the film industry who have spoken up like @sonamakapoor @ReallySwara @RichaChadha @aliaa08 @mrsfunnybones and more. Where are you @iamsrk @aamir_khan ?— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) January 7, 2020
Before Deepika, Taapsee Pannu, Zoya Akhtar, Richa Chadha, Dia Mirza, Reema Kagti were among those who joined the Carter Road protest in Mumbai on Monday against the JNU violence.
Carter Road. Mumbai for JNU! pic.twitter.com/hIA5DOChSf— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 6, 2020
Today at 8pm Carter Road, Bandra.— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) January 6, 2020
Coz with great power comes greater responsibility and I don’t want to shy away from it. #JNU you have our love and support.
While some stars have come out on the streets, many top actresses and filmmakers across the country are speaking up against JNU violence through their social media accounts.
Who are these masked cowards attacking students? Why are the police not protecting them??— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) January 5, 2020
If d heinous attack on students n teachers of JNU doesnt become a flashpoint I dont know what else will. A memorandum of demands articulating d students cause from violent attacks hiking of fees 2 change of syllabus must b given to govt. WE ARE with students— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) January 6, 2020
Ok, so who are these masked goons? Allegedly ABVP? Allegedly backed by RSS? Even if we say we don't know, the question still remains: How can our universities be under attack? What is the Delhi police doing? What is happening in our country? Has it become a 'Goonda Raj?'— Aparna Sen (@senaparna) January 5, 2020
And what a despicable comment by the officer “humne toh Nahin Mara na”. Not to mention the arrogance stamped all over his face. https://t.co/coeirSh92b— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) January 6, 2020
Malayalam film actress Manju Warrier also expressed shock over the visuals of bleeding faces of students on television. She wrote, “JNU was always a symbol of knowledge in this country, many who studied in JNU are now leaders and ruling us. Though their politics may differ, their patriotism cannot be questioned. Though their ideologies may differ, the violence witnessed in the institution, wherein even outsiders had entered the campus and attacked the students, cannot be justified. We cannot keep mum. We need to stand with them.”
Seeing so many top actresses speaking up their mind, sharing opinions and backing one another is indeed exhilarating. May the force be with them!