Kabir Khan is one of the rare few of Bollywood, who has taken an inspiringly strong stand against the CAA. While the entire nation was reeling in shock after masked miscreants entered the prestigious JNU campus and lashed out at students in the campus, Minister of Railways and Commerce, Piyush Goyal invited B-Towners to discuss the CAA.
The dinner invitation was apparently a part of Goyal’s plan to ask for support from Bollywood celebs for the Citizenship Amendment Act bill. However, lashing out at the government and explaining his absence from the meet, Kabir Khan has said, “I did not go because I was busy. If goons can enter premier universities of the country and hit students and teachers, then what are we even discussing? The visuals of those goons laughing and [attacking them] break your heart. These are the larger issues that we need to [address urgently]. We can always have dinner meetings later.”
The attacks are all the more personal for Khan since his father is a professor at the JNU and he himself is a Jamia Millia alumnus. However, when quizzed about the stoic silence of several Bollywood biggies, Kabir said, “It’s their choice. How do we know what their fears are? [In the past], those who have spoken up have been attacked and no one was there to defend them. If you can’t defend them, don’t push them to talk. Too much is being made of why Bollywood is not reacting.”
Meanwhile, several other big names like Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Farhan Akhtar were also invited but they all choose to give it a miss. The dinner meeting was meant to discuss the “myths and realities pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Act” as mentioned in the invitation card.