Thousands of people, including college students, political and social activists, senior citizens and others marched together to the historic August Kranti Maidan in south Mumbai to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register for Citizens, on Thursday afternoon.
There among the protestors, was filmmaker and actor Farhan Akhtar, accompanied by girlfriend Shibani Dandekar, who took part in the demonstration and shared his thoughts on the protests.
“As a citizen of this country and as somebody who has been born and has grown up with a certain idea of what India is, it is important for me to raise my voice,” he said in an interaction with the media personnel also present at the spotOn being asked about the bill, the actor stated that he didn’t want to shout on the top of his voice, but assured he would speak about the same later.
When probed further for a reply on the current situation, he counter questioned the media saying, “If everything was okay, why would so many people be here? Not just in Mumbai, in Assam, in Delhi, in Bangalore, in Hyderabad, why are people concerned?”
Farhan took to Twitter on Wednesday and said that the time to protest on the social media was over and encouraged people to take to the streets and join the peaceful protests.
“Here’s what you need to know about why these protests are important. See you on the 19th at August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai. The time to protest on social media alone is over,” read Akhtar’s tweet.