Gippy Grewal Upset Over Absence Of Support From Bollywood In Farmers Protest

Punjab star Gippy Grewal on Saturday criticized Bollywood for not standing up for Punjab at a time when the state needs their support for the ongoing farmers'' protest. Thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day at Delhi’s border points, protesting against the new farm laws, which they fear will dismantle the minimum support price system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporate Houses.

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Gippy Grewal, took to Twitter and wrote "Dear Bollywood, every now and then your movies have been shot in Punjab and every time you have been welcomed with open heart. But today when Punjab needs you the most, you didn’t show up and speak a word. Disappointed.” 

Singer Jaswinder Singh Bains, popularly known by his stage name Jazzy B, rallied behind Grewal. 

"People whose conscience is alive are coming out in support, not the ones whose conscience is dead," he tweeted. 

However, Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu responded to Grewal, saying that there are artists in Bollywood who have always been vocal about contentious issues, including the farmers'' protests, and she found his generalized comment "demotivating". 

I understand what u r saying sir but calling the entire “Bollywood” out is unfair to a few like us who do stick the neck out every time for what we believe is right.Few out of the ones who spoke r not even from Punjab but their respect for farmers is what is making them stand up

— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) December 5, 2020

Replying to the actor, Grewal , tweeted, "My tweet was for them who call them from Punjab and not even utter a single word. They all vanish," the singer added.

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Several Bollywood stars, including Pannu, Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha, Sonu Sood, Hansal Mehta, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Divya Dutta and Neha Sharma, have come out in support of farmers. 

Agitating farmers on Friday announced a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8, hardening their position ahead of the fifth round of talks with the government.