Sanjay Raut has questioned Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar for their silence on Kangana Ranaut’s controversial statements about Mumbai. Highlighting the city ‘giving them everything’, the Shiv Sena leader asked why the star had not come forward over Kangana’s ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’ reference to the city. The politician asked if the city was only for the sake of ‘minting money’ for them.
Raut in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana wrote that crimes in Mumbai like rape did not make any difference for the Bollywood stars and that the city was ‘only to make money’ for them.
Pointing out the Mumbai-based film industry giving them success, he wrote that ‘half of the film industry’ should have come forward for Mumbai over Kangana’s comments. Raut wrote that someone like Akshay Kumar should have spoken up when Kangana ‘compared Mumbai to PoK.’ The Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament hoped that at least the film stars should have come ahead and stated that her view was not that of the film industry.
Raut also wrote that Kangana had addressed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with the ‘Tu’ pronoun, and claimed that ‘Mumbai natives were supporting her.’ He even pointed out the ‘insult’ shown by Marathi-speaking Union Ministers by not showing disagreement to her comments.