Assam’s singing sensation Zubeen Garg has come out in support of the forthcoming Filmfare Awards 2020 scheduled to be held in the city on February 15th, 2020.
Clearing his grounds, the singer affirmed that his fight is against the newly enacted “anti-Assam” law(Citizenship Amendment Act) and the struggle has nothing to do with the prestigious award ceremony neither other sports events organized in Assam.
“My fight against CAA will continue. I support the event because it would help the state boost economy. I do not have any problem with that. May big names from Bollywood will be here in the city for the award show, this is going to enhance the tourism sector as well. I do not support violence in the name of democratic CAA protest” he was quoted as saying.
The statements came against the backdrop after leading personalities from the film fraternity of Assam, state intellectuals demanded cancellation of the 65th Filmfare Awards 2020 and appealed the people to boycott the event.
The artiste group claimed that the event does not have any relevance with Assam keeping in view of the sensitivity of the CAA issue.
Some prominent faces of the Assamese film industry — Zerifa Wahid, Pulak Banerjee and so on recently held a media conference and appealed the people related to the Indian cinema from the state to boycott the event.
“This is not the right time for an award ceremony of any stature in Assam. We are already going through a huge political crisis because of CAA. Also, this is not a government function, it is a private organization and neither are we against Hindi cinema or any language. It is just not the right time for an award ceremony, as there are other serious issues to be dealt with.” Jerifa Wahid was quoted as saying.
Speaking in the same line actor Ravi Sharma said. “The government has several other issues to deal including the paper mills affecting hundreds of households and it said that it cannot afford the liabilities so why such extravagant award ceremony now”.
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