Several Bollywood stars stay away from govt's event on myths and realities of CAA
Mumbai/IBNS: Several bollywood celebrities decided to distance themselves from an event organised by the Centre to enlighren the entertainment world about the "myths and realities" of the Citizenship Amendment Act, media reports said.
The event was hosted by Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP vice-president Baijayant 'Jay' Panda at Mumbai's Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday evening.
However, big names like Javed Akhtar, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana, Raveena Tandon, Boney Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Madhur Bhandarkar did not turn up, an NDTV report said.
Filmmakers Ritesh Sidhwani, Bhushan Kumar, Kunal Kohli, Ramesh Taurani, Rahul Rawail, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi, singers Shaan and Kailash Kher, composer Anu Malik, and actors Ranvir Shorey and Urvashi Rautela attended the discussion, the report added.
The event was organised to "clear the air around CAA" as a lot of misinfprmation surrounding the newly amended law was leading to protests, NDTV learnt from a source inside the meeting.
Director Kabir Khan and actor Richa Chadha, who had participated in anti-CAA protests in Mumbai, were invited, but they remained absent.
Swara Bhasker, Anurag Kashyap, Sushant Singh and Nikkhil Advani who have been actively partcipated in protest rallies against CAA were not invited.