On Thursday night, Republic TV editor in chief Arnab Goswami discussed the demolition of Kangana Ranaut's office by the BMC on his prime time show. While condemning the act by the BMC, the journalist went on to discuss several other instances where Bollywood celebrities escaped BMC atrocities despite illegal constructions.
During the prime time debate, the journalist referred to Arjun Kapoor as 'a small time actor’, and claimed that hee doesn't know ‘who that person is’.
Arnab Goswami's comments have gone viral on social media leading to a lot of flak as well. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta hit back against his remarks and wrote on Twitter:
“Nobody is a ‘small-time’ actor. Get that straight f******d arnab. Enough of this demeaning and abuse of our profession."
Mahesh Bhatt's daughter and Alia Bhatt's sister Pooja Bhatt also reacted to the same and wrote:
“I agree with @mehtahansal when he says ‘Nobody is a small time actor’. People use terms like the above & ‘out of work’ actor, ‘B’ or ‘C’ grade actor as a means to dismiss & degrade.The joy & trial of being an actor/artist is that at some point you are going to be out of work."
Pooja added: “That’s what makes ALL artistes across board such courageous people. To constantly embrace uncertainty,to plod on & put your best face forward even after enduring failure. To follow your heart & hone your art no matter how average or brilliant people think you are-that takes guts!"
In another tweet, Pooja lauded her colleagues and called them warriors. “So here’s to the artists,the makers,the entertainers,the believers. We are warriors! Our tools are our hearts, our senses. Our strength is our vulnerability,our capacity to fall & rise again. Success is temporary,failure guaranteed & we still do what we do. Not everyone’s cup of tea!"