Bollywood actors and filmmakers are showing full support for social activist Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption. While most talked about it at public events or on social networking sites, some like Anupam Kher and Farah Khan went the extra mile, and flew down to New Delhi to participate in the protest at Jantar Mantar.
Oscar winning Indian composer A.R.Rahman, said: “It’s the voice of India, he (Hazare) is the voice of India. We all want change for the good things, for the upliftment of the poor. It (change) is going to happen, nothing can stop it.”
“I stand in support, as a celebrity and as an Indian. I would like to fight against corruption,” said actress Kareena Kapoor.
Moved by Hazare’s fast-unto-death to press for a stringent anti-graft law, film director Amol Gupte couldn’t eat his food.
“In solidarity yesterday, I did not touch my lunch and remembered the old man who is fabulously walking that road in Delhi. So, whenever there is some sense (being spoken) one has to stop and listen to it and follow the leader,” he said.
Many, including Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Kapur and Sushmita Sen, continued to tweet messages of support. Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter:
Shabana Azmi: Anna Hazare embodies hope of a nation dat corruption can b rooted out Lokpal bill 1st drafted in 1972. arm yrself with information n join.
Shekhar Kapur: There is no revolution without momentum. The fire must spread beyond one man or one group n burn brightly for the whole nation.
Sushmita Sen: Ignoring anything long enough leads to complacency..A single life is capable of awakening a nation out of it’s slumber.. I salute and support such a life..THANKYOU SIR ANNA HAZARE!!!!!! the Lokpal bill has to pass..A fair and clean socio-political structure values human rights!! Corruption destroys it!!
Bipasha Basu: The biggest drawback of our country is the existence of corruption rt frm the grass root level rt to the top! Anna hazare is standing up for us, the ppl of India and he should be supported by us!
Shahid Kapoor: Respect to Anna Hazare for awakening the collective conscience of the country and reminding us there is never a wrong time to do the right. Our dreams our country our Reality!!! Make it count people!! Be the change.
Riteish Deshmukh: Am shooting in Hong Kong, the voice of Anna is heard all over the world – I support ANNA HAJARE (sic) – and his campaign – More power to him.
Vivek Oberoi: I request the youth of our great nation to stand up and fight for our right to a better india. This is the second freedom struggle of india, this is OUR freedom struggle! For a truly free india, free from corruption and lawlessness….I support anna hazare and urge you all to support him and this great movement…jai hind! Mera bharat mahan!
Neha Dhupia: Tweeting In support of a positive democratic movement by Anna Hazare. Let’s all come together as a nation and fight corruption.
Jackky Bhagnani: Anna is heard all over the world- I support ANNA HAJARE (sic) – and his campaign – More power to him
ShirishKunder: Until a few days back, “Anna” in the film industry meant Suniel Shetty. Now its Anna Hazare.
Kailash Kher: It’s the beginning of new era for this country’s system, jab paap had paar karta hai toh Bhagwan har yug mein Koi Anna bhejte hain,
Punit Malhotra: Its amazing to see the support against the anti corruption bill. Just shows the mood of the people… We’ve had enough… For too long Anna Hazare: the man, the leader who gave the nation a direction against corruption. You’ve started a great movement.