Anupam Kher: A person out on bail is not an Olympic hero

Anupam Kher takes a dig at Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya at JNU

New Delhi: Addressing the audience at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, gathered for the screening of his film last evening, actor Anupam Kher took a dig at JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

Anupam Kher takes a dig at Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya at JNU
Anupam Kher takes a dig at Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya at JNU

Mocking the duo, Kher said, “People who are out on bail cannot be welcomed on campus.”

His remarks came hours after Umar and Anirban, arrested last month for their involvement in a controversial event in support of terrorist Afzal Guru, were granted interim bail for six months by a local court. The duo was released from Tihar jail at 8.30 pm yesterday.

Addressing the crowd just minutes before the screening of his film ‘Buddha stuck in a traffic jam’, Kher said, “Someone who has returned on bail is not an Olympic hero. I want the focus shifted back from kranti (revolution) to desh bhakti (nationalism).”

A few members from the audience reciprocated by shouting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Last week, Kher had accused the JNU authorities of refusing to screen his film. Refuting his allegation, the varsity said the actor never made a request — verbal or written — to exhibit his film on campus.

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