Actress Richa Chadha is the subject of a complaint from filmmaker Ashoke Pandit over her “Hi, Galwan” tweet.
He vowed to see that legal action is taken against her.
She can’t simply make fun of soldiers and get away with a note of apology, he claims.
Actress Richa Chadha is the subject of a complaint from filmmaker Ashoke Pandit over her “Hi, Galwan” tweet. He vowed to see that legal action is taken against her. She can’t simply make fun of soldiers and get away with a note of apology, he claims.
In a complaint against the actor on Thursday, Ashoke requested that a First Information Report (FIR) be opened at Mumbai’s Juhu Police Station.
“This attitude of a responsible citizen to abuse and mock our security forces is not done. When I read the tweet, the visuals of the family crying, shouting and screaming, when the dead bodies of the soldiers come home, came to my mind. Just because you are a celebrity, you cannot mock the soldiers, we are alive because of them. They protect the nation. You can’t make fun of them,” Ashoke says.
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He adds, “By inserting them, you are insulting the country. It is an anti-national act of this lady. I thought instead of just tweeting, or showing my anger on social media, I felt it is my duty as a citizen to stand by our soldiers. So that they don’t feel that they are sacrificing their lives. In fact, I want to appeal to the entertainment industry to condemn. If you don’t come in support of the security forces, then the hashtag, Boycott Bollywood is justified”.
Richa responded on Wednesday to Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen. Upendra Dwivedi’s declaration that the Indian Army is prepared to carry out any instructions to retake Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “Galwan says hi,” Richa commented on her Twitter account after sharing the statement. She received criticism for her tweet, which many people felt rude and derogatory against the victims of the 2020 Galwan Valley conflict.
Later, she said she was sorry for accidentally offending the ‘brothers in the Army’ and added that she didn’t mean to insult anyone.
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“She can’t say anything and later say sorry about it. I will see to it that an action is taken against her. I will approach the higher authorities and if need be, CM, and that FIR is filed. One can’t just say anything, and get away by apologising with a note. Sorry is not an answer to it. She has committed a crime against the country, and she should be punished as per the law,” he says while wrapping up.