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India Got Bheekh In 1947, And Freedom In 2014 Says Kangana Ranaut

Over the past few days, Kangana Ranaut was constantly trending on Twitter, but for all the good reasons. Fans loved her sassy look from her upcoming film Dhaakad; the talented actor also received 2 National Film Awards and the Padma Shri for her contribution to the Indian film industry. However, when it comes to creating controversies, Kangana Ranaut is the first to jump into the pool of controversies for her bold comments. Well, this time, her statement on India’s freedom has got her into trouble.

On Thursday, BJP MP Varun Gandhi posted a 24-second short clip from a summit organized by TimesNow wherein Kangana Ranaut can be seen saying, “They paid a price, of course, woh azaadi nahi thi, woh bheek thi, aur jo azaadi mili hai woh 2014 mai mili hai (that was not freedom, that was begging, we got the real freedom in 2014).” Ever since Mr Gandhi posted the clip, #KanganaRanaut has constantly been trending on Twitter, kicking off a firestorm on the internet with her bold remark about India’s freedom struggle.

Along with posting the sensational clip, BJP MP Varun Gandhi wrote: “Insulting the sacrifice of Mahatma Gandhi sometimes, respecting his killer sometimes, and now the disdain for the sacrifices of Mangal Pandey, Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and lakhs of freedom fighters. Should I call this thinking madness or treason?”

The Thalaivi actor is known for her bold and inflammatory statements, but this time, people are calling the freedom remark an attempt of sedition. In fact, the National Chairman of the Aam Aadmi Party, Preethi Menon, has also filed an official complaint with the Mumbai Police against Kangana Ranaut for her remarks at the summit where she was called as a guest speaker.

Preethi Menon took to Twitter and wrote: “Submitted an application to @MumbaiPolice requesting action on Kangana Ranaut for her seditious and inflammatory statements on @TimesNow, under sections 504, 505 and 124A. Hope to see some action @CPMumbaiPolice @DGPMaharashtra,” 

Apparently, the comment has not gone down well with many people. They suggested that Kangana Ranaut was referring that India got real freedom only after BJP came to power in 2014, with Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister and the Congress party was only an extension of the British Rule. The official handle of TimesNow also posted the whole sequence of the short clip that has been going viral. It wrote: “The question asked was about Savarkar, but the response was on a different matter. Navika Kumar then followed up with a question about whether Kangana was expressing her loyalty to the BJP, and Kangana responded by saying she’s a patriot. Here’s the complete viral sequence,” 

After landing herself in the controversial soup, Bollywood celebrity Kangana Ranaut took to Instagram to respond to the controversy and wrote: “Even though I clearly mentioned that 1857 freedom fight was the first revolution that was curbed… which led to more atrocities and cruelties from the British and almost a century was given to us in Gandhi’s begging bowl… Jaa aur ro ab (Go cry some more).” The actor referred to BJP MP Varun Gandhi’s post about her.

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Image credits: Instagram/ Kanganaranaut

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