In what could turn out to be a headache for the Bharatiya Janata Party at a time when the film industry and actors are going gaga over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cool demeanour is that over 100 independent filmmakers have come together and appealed to voters not to vote for the saffron party.
These independent filmmakers have issues a joint statement saying 'Remove BJP and Save the Democracy.' Additionally, they have told the citizens of India that they should vote for a party that respect's India's institutions, protects the Freedom of Speech and Expression and refrains from mindless censorship. Stating that the cultural unity of the country is at stake, the group called the current Modi government a serious threat to the secular fabric of the country.
'Fascism threatens to strike us hard with all its might if we don't choose wisely in the coming Lok Sabha elections,' the statement reads, adding that 'reasons to keep the government out of power are many - a country polarised along religious lines, marginalising Dalits and Muslims, mob-lynching, hate campaigns, romanticising the armed forces- the film makers have called it our last chance to keep the harmful regime returning to power.'
The filmmakers also took a dig at BJP's attitude in tagging and shaming anyone as anti-national if an individual doesn't subscribe to their version of patriotism and alleged that 'BJP uses patriotism to grow its votebank.' They also made a scathing attack on how 'some of the eminent writers, media persons from the field lost their lives in an attempt to voice their dissent under the BJP government.'
The list of filmmakers include Pa Ranjith, Sanal Sasidharan, Bina Paul, Aashiq Abu, Vetrimaaran, Anand Patwardhan, Sudevan, Q, Deepa Dhanraj, Gurvinder Singh, Pushpendra Singh, Anjali Monteiro and Praveen Morchhale, Leena Manimekalai and Madhupal among others who expressed their concern.