Courtesy : India.com
Saif Ali Khan, was recently seen in Om Raut’s historical period drama Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, alongside Ajay Devgn and Kajol. The film, based on the life of Tanaji Malusare, who was the military leader of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, did exceptionally well at the box office and has crossed the Rs 150 crore mark on the box office already.
While the film has been a massive box office hit, Saif’s ‘no concept of India before the British’ remark has created quite a stir amongst people on social media. In a recent chat with Film Companion, the actor said that he found the film’s historical inaccuracy to be ‘dangerous’.
“I don’t think there was a concept of India till perhaps the British gave it one. I don’t think there is really any constructive point in arguing about loudly, provided you yourself know why you’re doing it,” Saif had stated.
However, Saif defended his decision to be a part of the film, and said “For some reason I didn’t take a stand… maybe next time I would. I was very excited to play the role because it’s a delicious role. But when people say this is history; I don’t think this is history. I am quite aware of what the history was.”
The actor’s remarks did not go down well with many on the Internet, and harsh comments started pouring in against Khan. Saif’s comment seems to have backfired at him as MP and BJP spokesperson, Meenakshi Lekhi, slammed him for naming his son Taimur.
“Even Turks find Taimur a brute! But some people choose to name their children Taimur” the BJP leader wrote on Twitter.
Besides, writer Tarek Fatah too slammed the actor for his views as he wrote, “Bollywood ‘history buff’ #SaifAliKhan claims “there was no concept of ‘India’ until the British came. Yeah right. French East India Company was about China & Vasco D’Gama went to Fiji. Last time he invoked he invoked ‘history’ he named his son Timur” in a Twitter post.