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Shameful to make films to please the PM or home minister, says Yashpal Sharma

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Popular film and stage actor Sharma also slammed the government for its failure to control the recent mob violence in Delhi.

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Yashpal Sharma is the latest artiste from the Hindi film industry to slam the government for the way it handled the recent Delhi outbreak of mob violence in the national capital Delhi and for passing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and holding out the threat of a National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Sharma also criticized the recent trend of political biopics without naming any film. “As a director, the day you feel you should make a film to please someone, you are dead," he said in an interview to the news agency ANI. "It’s a matter of shame on your creativity if you feel like making a film to please the prime minister or the home minister.”

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In the course of the interview, Sharma also said he is against the Citizenship Amendment Act passed by Parliament in December last year and any proposal for a National Register of Citizens (NRC). “Although I can’t say 100% as I haven’t gone through it fully, as per my knowledge and whatever I have understood, I am against it because this is like keeping the country busy in senseless activities like making us stand in queues or searching for papers. Just because people are jobless doesn’t mean you give them such work. Proper work is employment,” he said.

Speaking on the mob violence in Delhi, Sharma said that while both sides were wrong, it was clearly the hate speeches made by certain politicians that were the trigger. “As per my chronology, hate speeches by people like [defeated BJP legislature candidate] Kapil Mishra are responsible. They gave such speeches right at the moment Trump arrived, which is very wrong,” the popular film and stage actor said.

Sharma also compared the outbreak of violence in Delhi with the genocide in Gujarat in 2002. “Trucks laden with stones arrived to create riots. ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is chanted by one side and ‘Allahu Akbar’ by the other. This was a glimpse of the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The cops are just standing as spectators,” he said.