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Actor Siddharth attacks racist trailer of a film

Thursday, December 27, 2018 • Tamil Comments
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The trailer of the Marathi movie Thackeray has stirred up a controversy after derogatory remarks against South Indians were made by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the role of the Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, in the movie.

A speech in the trailer depicts the actor referring to the South Indians as “saale yadugundu,” concluding with the words “Uthao lungi, bajao pungi.” Shortly after the trailer was released, Siddharth took to his Twitter page to criticize the hate-spreading dialogues.

“Nawazuddin has repeated ‘Uthao lungi bajao pungi’ (lift the lungi and *’#$ him) in the film #Thackeray. Clearly hate speech against South Indians... In a film glorifying the person who said it! Are you planning to make money out of this propaganda? Stop selling hate! Scary stuff!” he wrote. He posted another tweet quoting the trailer that said, “The conveniently un-subtitled #Marathi trailer of #Thackeray. So much hate sold with such romance and heroism (Music, tiger roars, applause, jingoism). No solidarity shown to millions of South Indians and immigrants who make #Mumbai great. #HappyElections!”

Bal Thackeray was known for his highly offensive and controversial statements against South Indians, even accusing them of taking away jobs meant for the Marathi youth. The Censor Board has objected to its reference in the film.

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