The filmmaker, who had earlier made a blatantly casteist tweet, lashes out at director Neeraj Ghaywan for criticizing him.
Vivek Agnihotri: Beware of Cannes winners who still say ‘I am Dalit’
Mumbai - 05 Jan 2018 18:40 IST
A couple of days ago, Masaan (2015) director Neeraj Ghaywan has taken offence to a blatantly casteist tweet by filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, husband of actress Pallavi Joshi, and given him a fitting reply.
One thought the matter had ended there, but Agnihotri today came up with a bizarre reply to attack Ghaywan.
Agnihotri said a Dalit who opens a conversation with ‘I’m a Dalit’ is more oppressive than a member of the upper castes. The Buddha In A Traffic Jam (2016) director slammed Ghaywan for "milking sympathy, money and power on behalf of the oppressed".
Any successful, rich and famous Dalit who opens his conversation with ‘I am a Dalit.’ is more harmful to the Dalit cause than an oppressive UC. Because he is milking sympathy, money and power on behalf of the oppressed. It’s like I collect your salary and never give it to you.— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 5, 2018
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Agnihotri came up with another tweet telling Dalits to beware of Cannes award-winners who still say “I’m a Dalit”.
Ghaywan’s Masaan had won the FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and a Promising Future prize (Prix de l'avenir) for debut films.
So my Dalit friends, beware of these:— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 5, 2018
1. Dalits sons or grandsons of a successful Dalit leader
2. Any Dalit leader who is seen with JNU gang
3. Anybody from @INCIndia or @ndtv
4. ‘fake-empathy’ intellectuals and SM warriors.
5. Cannes award winners who still say ‘I am a Dalit’.
A Twitter user quickly reminded Agnihotri that Ghaywan cannot be belittled just because he is a Dalit.
Ok we will belittle a cannes award winning dalit man just bcoz he was a dalit. Let me remind you that there is no SC quota in awards. As i usually say that whether you abuse 'left' dalit or 'right' dalit, only our country will get weak.— Moà¤¹à¤¿à¤ (@ChandaMama21) January 5, 2018
Agnihotri’s reply to this was just inexplicable.
Bro, he is the Brahmin of the film industry.— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 5, 2018
Agnihotri is a known supporter of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. And while the right to free speech is enshrined in the Constitution, Agnihotri’s bizarre tweets and his justification for them leave a lot to be desired.
Let us wait and watch how Ghaywan responds to the fresh attack.