Kickstarting an open war in the field of Culture, a horde of celebrities including CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi, actor Kangana Raut slammed the group of artists including Aparna and Adoor for sending letter to PM Modi criticising mob lynching and slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The response of 62 celebrities from film, art fields, was against the letter given by 49 eminent personalities including Aparna Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan to Prime Minister Modi slamming incidents of lynching and the alleged weaponisation of the slogan "Jai Shri Ram".
In the letter, 62 celebrities have hit back, accusing them of "selective outrage, false narratives and a clear political bias" in an open letter. The authors of this new letter include Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar and Vivek Agnihotri, and classical dancer and Rajya Sabha member Sonal Mansingh. The 49 people who presented letter to Modi including award-winning filmmakers Aparna Sen and Mani Ratnam, and historian Ramachandra Guha etc.
"An open letter which has been published on July 23, 2019, and addressed to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has astonished us. Forty nine self-styled 'guardians' and conscience keepers' of the nation... have expressed selective concern and demonstrated a clear political bias and motive," the letter read."To us, the undersigned, this document of selective outrage comes across as an attempt to foist a FALSE NARRATIVE... to negatively portray Prime Minister Modi's untiring efforts.
The signatories of the 'open letter' have, in the past, kept silent when tribals and the marginalised have become victims of Naxal terror, they have kept silent when separatists have issued dictates to burn schools in Kashmir, they have kept silent when the demand for dismembering India were made..." the letter continued.