To speak up or keep mum

While ac­tors down south voice their opin­ions, Bol­ly­wood chooses si­lence This guy (Pan­neer­sel­vam) has proven his met­tle and we’ll throw him out of his of­fice if he’s in­com­pe­tent again KA­MAL HAASAN, AC­TOR

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In the wake of the bat­tle at the political front in Tamil Nadu, ac­tors in the south In­dian in­dus­try such as

Ka­mal Haasan (above, right) and R Mad­ha­van (be­low, right) haven’t shied away from speak­ing their mind. This has got many think­ing why Bol­ly­wood celebs don’t take a stand when it comes to pol­i­tics.

Haasan has sup­ported Pan­neer­sel­vam for the Chief Min­is­ter’s seat in­stead of Sasikala. In an in­ter­view, he said, “Time of dice play­ing was done with in Ma­hab­harat. We can’t be play­ing dice and hawk­ing our fam­i­lies, in favour of num­bers [Sasikala’s MLA sup­port]. We don’t trade. I’ve reser­va­tions about both of them [Pan­neer­sel­vam and throw him out of his of­fice if he’s in­com­pe­tent again.” Haasan, even urged ac­tor R Mad­ha­van to take a stand, who later tweeted his opin­ion.

Why does Bol­ly­wood hold

Right in­tent and the right lead­er­ship is needed to har­ness vol­canic ex­per­tise. We should nudge it in the right di­rec­tion R MAD­HA­VAN, AC­TOR

it­self back from speak­ing up? Ac­tor Swara Bhaskar says, “I don’t think it’s a North-South thing. Bol­ly­wood ac­tors have en­dorsed political par­ties ear­lier. We can sup­port dom­i­nant view of the ma­jor­ity but if ac­tors are crit­i­cal of the pop­ulist no­tion, they face back­lash.” “Ac­tors are at­tacked by lynch mobs. They aren’t de­fended by the press or the estab­lish­ment. I urge lead­ers to be role mod­els in­stead of ac­tors like us,” says ac­tor Richa Chadha. “Where’s the sup­port? A Shah Rukh or a Sal­man Khan have made political com­ments and it back­fired, which is un­fair,” adds film­maker Onir.

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