Actress Preity Zinta, writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, director Vivek Agnihotri and many more expressed their disappointment with individuals for trolling Kashmiri actress Zaira Wasim for meeting state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, and they even questioned the ideology of ‘azadi’ (freedom) in India.
B-town biggies came forward to express their anger on social media about the same.
Javed Akhtar tweeted: “Those who shout ‘azadi’ from the roof tops don’t give an iota of azadi to others. Poor Zaira Waseem had to apologise for her success. Shame!”
Actress Preity Zinta posted:
Her on-screen father Aamir Khan posted a heartfelt message in her support:
Anupam, too, expressed his support for the young actress, calling her his role model and posted: “Dear Zaira Wasim, your apology letter is sad but full of courage. It exposes the cowardice of people who made you write it. But you are my role model.”
Atul Agnihotri also shared instances from his past and lashed out at individuals for not taking a stand for Zaira.
“Last year, I was shooting with Yami Gautam and other Kashmiri girls in the valley, they came armed to kill those girls. This is the reality of Kashmir,” Agnihotri posted.
He added: “I haven’t seen Barkha Dutt and other liberals ever raise voice against the suppression of Kashmiri girls who aren’t allowed to work. So much talent in Kashmir but suppressed by separatist or terrorists. Why didn’t any feminist ever raise voice?”
A Twitter user questioned Agnihotri about why Bollywood celebrities did not say anything and support Zaira.
Agnihotri responded: “When I raised this issue after being almost killed by such men, no one spoke up. People who shoot in Kashmir also don’t raise the issue. Sad.”