Farhan Akhtar is back in the headlines again. He got ridiculed, as well as appreciated, for his outright support at protests in Mumbai against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). His opinions were turned into a meme fest for right wing groups. During the protests, he was even called out by BJP Minister Smriti Irani for his anti-CAA propaganda.
The actor took to Twitter to release the first look of his upcoming film ‘Toofan’, a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directorial. He has recently wrapped up shooting for the film. The film is a sports drama and the look featured Farhan Akthar as a boxer.
His CAA controversy seems to be affecting his work. A few hours after his tweet, a hashtag called #Boycotttoofan started trending. Many Twitterati are promoting the ban of the film on the grounds of his comments against the law. People are building up rage against the actor for his personal opinions.
Farhan Akthar has recently expressed his disappointment with people’s reaction towards his stance in the protest. He said “As a citizen of the country and as somebody who was born and has grown up with a certain idea of India is, it is important for me to raise my voice… If everything was ok, why would so many people turn up? Not just in Mumbai, but Delhi, Assam, Bangalore, Hyderabad.”
One of the tweets read, “We are not interested in your movies anymore as a peaceful non-religious protest against #ISupportCAA #Boycotttoofan. Let show these pseudo seculars our soft power. Jai Hind.” Others wrote, “#Toofannahiaayega… remember people he is the same person who doesn’t respect the law of the land (know it even), please boycott the movie and the sponsor associated with it … #AwaitingBefittingReply.”