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When You Silence A Voice, A Louder Voice Will Be Born: Prakash Raj On Breach Of Artistic Freedom

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| December 9 , 2017 , 17:37 IST

Known for his revolutionary mindset and being vocal about socio-political views, popular actor Prakash Raj spoke at the opening ceremony of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) on Friday. The actor talked about how people have tried to suppress his voice and made efforts to discourage the young artists from expressing themselves freely.

Raj reached at the 22nd edition of IFFK as the chief guest and requested the new generation artists to speak against the unjustified decisions taken by the authority and become the “voice of the voiceless.” The 52-year-old National Award recipient has earlier clarified that he is not interested in joining politics just his revolting views says otherwise.

The actor said, " I talk and I raise my voice because I don’t belong to a political. I raise my voice as an artist as I feel responsible to speak. We the film fraternity, artists of the society, are what we are not because of (our) talents. But, they are what they are because of the love from the society."

While calling for the film fraternity to join hands and return what they owe to the society, he said, " When artists, creators, and creative people become cowards, we should realise we make society cowardly." Prakash further added, " We have to be the voice of those who cannot raise voices."

Prakash Raj has raised many eyebrows with his statements concerning various decisions taken by political and religious groups, which brought him to their hit list. The South Indian actor admitted, " They are threatening me, I laugh at them. They are trying to silence me, I have started singing. What more can you take away from me?"

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" I don’t need any political party support because I stand among the people. Whatever you do to me, they (people) will see. They will know what I got hit for and why you hit me," he said. Directing an attack towards the various violent incidents against critics and rational thinkers, Prakash spoke, " when you silence a voice, a louder voice will be born."

Remembering the recent threats hurled at the cast and crew of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati', he expressed, " Today if somebody is being lynched and killed in Rajasthan. If somebody is threatened that we will cut your nose. Cut your head. And there is a prize money announced and then they can go scot free. We need to think ladies and gentlemen, what is this narrative."

Raj didn't forget to bring the controversy surrounding Malayalam film S Durga forward and said, " They have a problem with a film called S Durga but, they don’t have a problem with ‘Durga wines and bar’. They don’t have a problem if a street named ‘Durga is dirty.'"

"Films being stopped is the most dangerous thing. Stopping thinking, creativity, free expression is the most dangerous disease a society can have. Yes, there have been such incidents of stopping a dissenting voice and artwork for years. But, today we are questioning because you are doing it. Don’t ask me why didn’t you question them," the actor added.

"You are trying to silence the voice and instil fear so the next generation is even afraid to think," he said. "We should not let that happen."

Referring to the recent statement given by Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde claiming that Hindutva and nationalism were one and the same, he asked, "When these people force a narrative saying, Hindutva and nationalism are the same, do you want us to believe what Hindutva is or you are trying to put in something else in the guise of Hindutva?"

"We as Malayalis, Bengalis, Kannadigas, Tamilians, want to celebrate our language and culture, where do you want us to learn Hindi? I have a question is it because you want to listen to what you say or understand our problem? Tell me your agenda," Prakash concluded.