Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
In a surprising move, veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has often praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly, on Wednesday criticized the Centre over the handling of the Coronavirus crisis in the country.
It is important to hold the government responsible for what is happening in the country in the wake of the second Covid Wave, actor Anupam Kher said in an interview to NDTV on Wednesday while asserting that public criticism towards authority is ‘valid in lots of cases.
In an interview, the former FTTI chairperson Anupam Kher also said that while the government has ‘slipped’ somewhere in its management of the health crisis, it was wrong for another political party to use the lapses to its advantage.
Kher said, “It is important to hold the government responsible for what has happened. Somewhere they have slipped. And it is time for them to sort of understanding that there is much more to life than just image building maybe.”
“We should as people… Get angry…It is important to hold the government responsible for what has happened.”
“I think the criticism is valid in lots of cases and I think it is important for the government to rise to the occasion and do things that they are chosen by people of this country for. I think only an inhuman person will not get affected by… bodies floating. But for another political party to use it for their gain is also not right,” said the national award-winning actor.
Terming the state of affairs in the country a ‘warlike situation’, the actor said people have the right to complain, get angry, and feel helpless, but it should not hold back on being compassionate towards fellow citizens.
However, the words mark an extraordinary departure for the 66-year old Veteran Actor whose wife, actress Kirron Kher is a BJP MP.
For the unversed about weeks ago, Mr. Kher was brutally trolled for responding to a critique of the government handling of Covid with a tweet that said ‘Aayega tog Modi Hi’
Meanwhile, Anupam Kher has also come forward to help amid the Coronavirus crisis in the country. The actor has started Project Heal India which aims to support the needy amid the pandemic. ‘Heal India’ initiative seeks to help those who need ventilators and oxygen concentrators.