Noted actor Prakash Raj on Monday 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 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,” Raj was quoted as saying to Deccan Chronicle on the sidelines of 11th state meet of the Left-leaning Democratic Youth Federation of India.

Threatening to return his national award Raj said, “The PM is a bigger actor than me, I should give him my award.”

“You can’t make me believe by making promises of good days. See, I’m a bigger actor than you people (Modi government) and I can tell when you are acting. Please respect the fact that I’m a professional actor. When you act as if you don’t know anything, do you think I or people will buy it?,” he added.

Raj also spoke at the event and said source of all problems is people’s ignorance. “The source of all problems is people’s ignorance. Every one of us is an ignorant. When ignorant people vote in exams called elections, obviously, only bad people will come to power. Electors think they are innocent but in reality, they are ignorant.”

Gauri Lankesh, editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was gunned down by unidentified men outside her home in Bengaluru on September 5.

Raj has been the winner of five National Awards – Best Supporting Actor for Iruvar (1997, Tamil), Special Jury Award for Anthapuram (1999, Telugu), Special Jury Award for various movies, Best Actor for Kanchivaram (2007, Tamil), and Best Film for Puttakkana Highway (2010, Kannada).