I re­spect all voices of protest: Anil

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At a time when sev­eral per­son­al­i­ties in the coun­try are de­bat­ing the grow­ing rate of in­tol­er­ance, ac­tor Anil Kapoor (right) is op­ti­mistic that it will be re­solved soon. He, how­ever, re­spects the dis­sent­ing voices.

The 58-year-old ac­tor feels that since In­dia is a huge, di­verse coun­try, there has al­ways been con­flict of opin­ion. This, he says, is a sign of a healthy democ­racy.

“In­dia is a great coun­try, it is di­verse. We have prob­lems but we al­ways come out with so­lu­tions and pos­i­tiv­ity and have lived happy and peace­fully for so many years, un­like other coun­tries,” Anil said at the In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of In­dia in Goa.

“There’s ob­vi­ously room to make it bet­ter and it had to be done through protests some­times. I re­spect ev­ery­one who is protest­ing and pre­sent­ing their feel­ings. I re­spect all the voices of protest. That’s what is great about our demo­cratic coun­try,” he added.

The ac­tor who has fea­tured in Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and Anees Bazmee’s Wel­come Back (2015) this year feels that movies and fes­ti­vals help bring peo­ple and the coun­try to­gether in unity as it de­fies the bonds of caste and re­li­gion. “I think films are such that they don’t see caste or creed. When you go to the the­atre as an au­di­ence, you can be from any re­li­gion but still enjoy the film,” he said.

“Cin­ema is a very pow­er­ful medium and through it we can do a lot more than just tell sto­ries. It ad­dresses is­sues. You can show things that are dis­turb­ing you in films,” he said.

I re­spect ev­ery­one who is protest­ing and pre­sent­ing their feel­ings. That’s what is great about our demo­cratic coun­try

Anil Kapoor, ac­tor

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