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Gauri Lankesh murder: Film stars condemn killing, express concerns over present times

Actress Shabana Azmi has also pledged to attend the protest rally organized today (6 September) evening in Mumbai.

Keyur Seta

The murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh has come as a shock to the entire nation. She was vehemently against the ideologies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its right wing ideology, and had made it clear through her writings and social activism. 

Lankesh was shot by unknown assailants yesterday, 5 September, outsode her home in Bangalore.

The killing has once again raised questions about the right to dissent in today’s times as is evident from the continuous posts on social media. The incident has also affected people from the Hindi film fraternity. Some of whom made it clear through their social media posts over the incident. 

Personalities like Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt, Farhan Akhtar, Shekhar Kapur, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani and others have condemned the killing on their respective Twitter handles. Surprisingly, Anupam Kher, who is known to tweet on every sad and shocking incident, has not given any reaction yet.  

A protest rally has been organized today evening in Mumbai over the incident. Azmi has offered support and has announced that she will be attending it. She forwarded the post of the protest on Twitter and wrote, “Forwarded as received.I will be there.HotoN ko seeke dekhiye pachchtaiyega aap/ HungameiN jaag uthate haiN aksar ghutan ke baad Kaifi Azmi.” 

Lankesh's murder is not a first in recent times. Progressive thinkers and rationalists like Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar and M M Kalburgi were also murdered in similar ways over the past few years. 

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