A case has been lodged in the Andheri Police Station against actor Om Puri who has allegedly insulted the Uri martyrs while participating in a TV debate.
Prithvi Maske, who has submitted the complaint said that while he was watching a TV debate on Uri attack and the Bollywood ban on Pakistani actors, he found the veteran actor reportedly commented that ‘nobody invited anyone to join the Indian Army’ (referring the Uri martyrs).
The complaint has accused that, Om Puri said “They join the Army with their will and they join the Army to give away their life”.
The petitioner asked the police to register a case against the actor for sedition under section 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code.
The veteran actor’s controversial remarks on the Uri martyrs hve been met with severe criticism from Bollywood itself.
Anupam Kher termed his remarks as “very sad”, while, Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who is also a member of the Central Board of Film Certification, shed his anger on the actor on Twitter.
“Om Puriji, Pak artistes banned isn’t a solution, but show of solidarity to our martyrs. We can’t be lighting pyres while continuing to perform with them,” Ashok Pandit tweeted.
Responding to his comments, comedian Paresh Rawal tweeted, “Never thought someone like Om Puri ji would make such a shameful comment. Sad. This is so heartbreaking”.
In the debate Puri clarified his stand against hate mongering between the people of the neighboring countries where many families are divided in both sides of the borders.
During the discussion Puri asked the other panelists, “Do you want India-Pakistan enmity to turn like Israel and Palestine and fight for ages? India is home to crores of Muslims, there is no point in provoking them for war”.
He added that the Partition was not just the division of countries, but it also divided families.
“Several Indians have their relatives staying across the border and vice-versa, how can they fight a war with their cross-border families,” he asked.
Earlier Om Puri had visited Pakistan in August to promote the Pakistani film ‘Actor in Law’, in which he did a major role.