Just when Kangana Ranaut criticised Bollywood for not coming forth and speaking on critical political issues, the quintessential Bollywood hunk stepped up and gave his two cents on the state of affairs of the country. While at the trailer launch of his film 'Romeo Akbar Walter', John Abraham, speaking about the current tensions between India and Pakistan post the Pulwama terror attacks said:
"There has to be a war against terror, not against a country, religion, religions or between religions. I am very clear in my outlook. I (will) probably get picked on, but I am not going to sit on the fence and say 'this audience will like it, that won't."
He also added, unlike other actors, that he's never going to shy away from voicing his opinion.
"There has to be a war on terror. It has to be over and done with. That doesn't mean you have to fight with another country. That doesn't mean you have to stereotype people."
He was asked if actors are obliged to make political comments, to which he said:
“Yes, if they are politically aware. Kangana is very politically aware and she has got a voice. I think you must take a stand if you are politically aware. But you shouldn't be stupidly talented. You can't be an idiot, who knows nothing about which country lies where. If you don't know what's happening from Bihar to Syria, then you should shut up and smile and show your mug that you have done so much work on. Don't talk.”
While the actor believes other actors should not talk or comment about politics to simply 'trend', he encourages more people to come forward and talk about the grave situation at hand.
We believe John has a point to make, because the country idolises the Bollywood fraternity to an extent and if they come forth and share positive opinions, which do not propagate war and violence, then it definitely reflects well for the rest of society. We all have an opinion but voicing something that's beneficial for the nation and its people should definitely be put forth out and loud.
While talking to the press, John also spoke about his new espionage thriller 'Romeo Akbar Walter', directed by Robbie Grewal. The film also features Mouni Roy, Jackie Shroff and Sikander Kher. Since the film does talk about Indo-Pakistan relations, everyone in the film is aware of the current situation and has an opinion on it, said the 46-year-old actor.
“We are stereotyping people, that's probably the most dangerous sign. It shouldn't happen. But that's the way the world is functioning today.” He added.
The film is scheduled to release on April 5th.
Watch the trailer here
While more famous personalities are coming forward to express their opinion on the situation at hand, we only hope the tensions die down slowly and peace is accepted by both the parties, shortly.