Actress Sai Pallavi has slammed religious fundamentalism and co-related the killing of Kashmiri Pandits (in Kashmir) to the violence meted out on a Muslim driver for transporting cows amid chants of Jai Shree Ram. So, what is the difference between these two incidents? asked the actor, who is currently promoting her upcoming movie Virata Parvam, all set to release in theatres on June 17.
The video in which she gave the interview has gone viral. Some netizens are praising her for her courageous statement, while others are trolling her for making ‘insensitive’ remarks.
In the film Virata Parvam, Pallavi plays the role of Vennela, a woman in love with a Naxal leader, played by Rana Daggubati. In a media interview, Pallavi known for her acting and dancing skills, was asked if she had been influenced by the left-wing movement in her personal life. Claiming to be ideologically neutral, Pallavi replied that she, however, is against the use of violence in the name of any religion.
Pallavi said that she had grown up in a neutral family where she was taught to be a good human being. She said, “I was taught I should protect the ones who are being hurt. The oppressed should be protected. Irrespective of their stature. I have heard about the left-wing and the right-wing. But, we can never surely tell who’s wrong and who’s right.”
Further, she added that the Kashmir Files showed how Kashmiri Pandits were killed at the time. “If you are taking the issue as a religious conflict, recently a Muslim driver, who was transporting cows, was killed by chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. So where’s the difference between these two incidents? You shouldn’t hurt anyone on religious lines,” she said, adding that we have to be good human beings.
Referring then to the question that was asked to her by Great Andhra, Pallavi said, justice won’t be there either on the side of the right or the left, if you are not a good human being. She said she is “very neutral” and added that she believes that “if you are stronger than me, and you are oppressing me, then you are in the wrong. A large number of people oppressing a small group of people is wrong. A battle has to be fought between two equals.”
Virata Parvam is written and directed by Venu Udugula. The movie also features Priyamani, Nandita Das, Naveen Chandra, Zarina Wahab, Easwari Rao, and Sai Chand in the supporting cast.