Kangana Ranaut lashes at Saif Ali Khan for his ‘No Concept of India Before the British’ comment
Sri Krishna was in Mahabharat. So there was a Bharat, that’s why it was mahaan (great). All the kings of India came together to fight that war. So it’s natural…,” she said.
New Delhi: Tanaji actor Saif Ali Khan has been facing flak on social media after a video of his interview had gone viral for the wrong reasons. Bollywood actress Kangana said people are following ‘smaller narratives’ that they have created to suit themselves.
When asked about the politics in the narrative of his last release ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’, Saif had stated that the concept of India perhaps wasn’t there until the British. Saif stated that he was excited about the role and found it “delicious” but expressed a contradictory opinion when people stated that this is history.
Kangana was asked to comment on the same by Zee News when she said the existence of Mahabharata proves that a united India existed before the British took over the country. “This is not true. If there was no Bharat then what was Mahabharat? That 5,000-year-old text that was written, what was it? What did Ved Vyas write? Some people have just created these narratives that suit them. Sri Krishna was in Mahabharat. So there was a Bharat, that’s why it was mahaan (great). All the kings of India came together to fight that war. So it’s natural…,” she said.
“You see even Europe has these small nations. But these had a collective identity, that’s why Sri Krishna went to all these places with Pandavas and the Kauravas, to ask them who will be a part of the war,” she added. Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel shared the video on Twitter and wrote, “Kangana asking Saif Ali Khan a very important question … over to you Saif.”
Saif had said that he could not refuse the ‘delicious’ role offered to him in Tanhaji but ‘may take a stand next time’. “For some reason I didn’t take a stand. Maybe next time I would. I was very excited to play the role because it’s a delicious role. But when people say this is history, I don’t think this is history. I am quite aware of what the history was. I don’t think there was a concept of India till perhaps the British gave it one. I don’t think there is really any constructive point in arguing about loudly, provided you yourself know why you’re doing it,” Saif had said.
He is now being criticised by some for his remarks while many are also supporting him. Some even trolled him for naming his son Taimur. “I am sure ‘History buff’ Saif Ali Khan never heard or read about Taimur/Timur , a Turko-Mongol conquerer who devastated much of Asia in the period around 1400 .. otherwise he wud have never named his cute son Taimur Ali Khan .. just saying,” wrote a Twitter user.