Singham actor Prakash Raj issued a clarification after reports went in media that the actor wanted to give his national awards to Prime Minister Modi after he expressed his views of PM’s silence on people celebrating senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh’s killing. Prakash Raj took it to Twitter and in a video message said that he is not a fool who will give back his national awards.

“Well I can just laugh as I see the scrolling on the news channels that Prakash Raj has decided to give back his national awards’, I am not such a fool to give back national awards which have been given to mine body of work and I am very proud of,” Raj said in a video message.

Further explaining his point of view about his remarks on the Prime Minister and recent killing of Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by assailants in Bengaluru city outside her residence, Prakash Raj said, “I just wonder why this comes. Well coming to the point, I would like to own up certain things, I was on a stage where I was addressing a group of youngsters and when there is a discussion about recent killings of Gauri Lankesh, or Kalburgui, my reaction was that we don’t know who has killed them because there is a police department, there is an SIT which is looking into it … but we can see who is celebrating … I am in pain, I am taken a back by the celebrations of inhuman killing and for that very fact, I vented out my pain, and my anguish towards those people who are celebrating … I have been trolled, people used bad words on my timeline … but at the same time my question is to the Prime Minister of the country, if such people are being followed by the PM and he is not taking stand on them and not commenting on them, as a citizen of this country, I am disturbed, hurt, afraid of a silence of my Prime Minister.”

“I am not talking about a person of some other political party, I don’t belong to any particular political party, I am a citizen of this country and as a citizen of this country I am not talking against any particular party, I am talking to my Prime Minister, I say your silence is chilling, I am hurt with the silence.”

“And this whole ‘halla-gulla’ of making it big by saying that Prakash Raj wants to reject his national award in protest against … this is something which I have not said and I am not interested in continuing the discussion on this,” the actor concluded.

Earlier, it was reported that noted actor Prakash Raj launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for remaining silent on journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder. Raj said that he wants to give his five national awards to PM Modi as he is a ‘bigger actor’ than him.

“There is a huge crowd out there enjoying and celebrating it (Gauri Lankesh’s murder) on social media. We all know what their ideology is. Some of those celebrating this ghastly episode are being followed by none other than Mr Narendra Modi himself. This worries me,” Prakash Raj was quoted as saying to Deccan Chronicle on the sidelines of 11th state meet of the Left-leaning Democratic Youth Federation of India.

First Published | 3 October 2017 11:49 AM
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