The actor wondered how the government could sit idly by as members of the ruling party went about issuing barbaric threats against the Padmavati team.
Rohit Roy hits out, says he is sad being an Indian in today's India
Mumbai - 21 Nov 2017 18:32 IST
Updated : 20:02 IST
The atmosphere of "intolerance" and "barbaric" statements on "beheading" filmmakers and artistes has upset film and television actor Rohit Roy, who says he is frustrated about being an Indian in India today.
"For the first time, I'm sad, frustrated, enraged that I'm an Indian living in india... never thought I would ever say that. Indeed, very sad. Jai Hind," Roy tweeted.
For the first time, I'm sad, frustrated, enraged etc etc that I'm an Indian living in india .. never thought I'd ever say that. Indeed, very sad.. Jai Hind— Rohit Roy (@rohitroy500) November 20, 2017
The actor posted multiple tweets commenting on the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati, which has attracted the ire of some political parties and sundry outfits claiming to speak on behalf of the Rajput community over alleged "distortion of historical facts".
A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which runs the government of India, even announced a reward of Rs10 crore for beheading Bhansali and Padmavati star Deepika Padukone.
Roy said: "Today, people are offering rewards for the heads of actors/directors for a film that they haven't seen one single frame of! The government is doing nothing to stop this abetting even! Forget creative freedom, isn't this 'intolerance' scary for all Indians? Saddened," he tweeted.
"India is what it is because of its diversity, sense of democracy and, importantly, its secularism. Hinduism, a way of life, is inclusive in nature.
"A film is being used by some for political leverage... is calling to behead a gentleman in any way legal, tolerable or democratic? How then are the powers that be quiet about it? No arrests, no warnings even! History cannot be distorted, no question about it. But under the garb of respecting and safeguarding your history, is it okay to write your future in blood?
"Even using the word behead is barbaric! And what's strange is that in protecting the 'image' of a 'mother', you want to behead a daughter of the country who is merely portraying her?"
Roy said he has always been a "proud Indian who holds our country's history and geography in high esteem".
"I have to say that this polarization is going to debilitate India and bring it to its knees.
"India and Indians have become intolerant," he stressed, adding that "one doesn't know what wrath of which faction one will incur while even making a statement".