Actor Prakash Raj on Sunday stepped into the Anthem Debate by saying that he doesn’t “think that someone should stand in a cinema hall and show his or her patriotism.”
His comments come merely a few weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision sparked a debate wherein it stated that people do not need to stand up in the cinema halls to prove their patriotism and asked the Centre to consider amending the rules for regulating playing of the national anthem in the theatres.
Speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru, the Singham star also appears to have taken a jibe at celebrities stepping into the political sphere.
The actor said, “I don’t like actors joining politics because they are actors and have fans. They should always stay aware of their responsibility towards them.” Prakash Raj’s come only days after fellow actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, hinted at a political career.
Prakash Raj, however, clarified later on Sunday that his statements were distorted by the media. In an open letter to the Press Club of Bangalore, the actor said that his statement on actors entering politics was distorted and that he only said that actors shouldn't enter politics only because they are popular.
Clarifying rumours based on his political entry, the actor said, “I’m not joining any political party.”
Earlier this week, the 52-year-old National Award-winning actor took to Twitter to question the intent behind Demonetisation and penned a note demanding an apology from the authorities for the "disruptive impact" of the exercise.