SS Rajamouli is among the most popular directors in Indian cinema. In a recent interview, the RRR director expressed his views on being an atheist and said that “religion is essentially a kind of exploitation”. The right-wingers tried to attack the filmmaker, but it was Kangana Ranaut who defended Rajamouli and slammed those targeting him.
Reacting to a portal’s tweet, Kangana wrote, “No need to overreact, it’s ok not to carry Bhagwa Jhandi everywhere, our actions speak louder than words. Being a proud Hindu calls upon all kinds of attacks, hostility, trolling and a huge amount of negativity, we make movies for everyone”.
“We artists are vulnerable especially because we get no support from so-called right wing as well, we are absolutely on our own, so sit down, don’t even dare, I won’t tolerate anything against Rajamouli sir who is like a flame in the rain, A genius and nationalist a yogi of highest order. We are blessed to have him”, the actress continued.
Because we get no support from so called right wing as well, we are absolutely on our own, so sit down, don’t even dare, I won’t tolerate anything against Rajamouli sir who is like a flame in the rain, A genius and nationalist a yogi of highest order. We are blessed to have him.
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) February 18, 2023
Meanwhile, in his interview with The New Yorker, SS Rajamouli said, “We have a giant family, and everyone – my father and mother, cousins and aunts, and everyone else – is deeply religious. I remember, as a young kid, I had doubts after reading stories about the Hindu gods. I used to think, this doesn’t seem real.”
He added, “Then I got caught up in my family’s religious fervour. I started reading religious texts, going on pilgrimages, wearing saffron cloth, and living like a sannyasi (ascetic) for a few years. Then I caught onto Christianity, thanks to some friends. I’d read the Bible, go to church, all kinds of stuff. Gradually, all these things somehow made me feel that religion is essentially a kind of exploitation”.
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