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by Joe Bourn

Kareena Kapoor was speaking at an event in Kolkata.

Bollywood superstar Kareena Kapoor today hit back at the growing trend of boycotting films and canceling culture. “I don’t agree with that at all,” he said.

The actor, who was speaking at an event in Kolkata, said, “If this happens, how will we have fun, how will you have joy and happiness in your life, which I think everyone needs. Agar movies nahi hogi toh entertainment kaisa hoga (what about entertainment if there are no movies)?”

Her remarks come amid calls to boycott Shah Rukh Khan’s next release ‘Pathaan’ over a song in the film. The song at the center of the controversy – ‘Besharam Rang’, shows actress Deepika Padukone in an orange outfit which critics say resembles saffron which is sacred in Hinduism.

The campaign against the film follows a similar one for Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, which also had Kareena Kapoor in an important role. A section of social media called for a boycott of the film after a 2015 interview of Aamir Khan resurfaced in which he was heard saying that his then-wife Kiran Rao had suggested moving countries because of “rising intolerance” in India.

Kareena Kapoor had also addressed the boycott trend at the time, saying “The fact is they shouldn’t boycott this film, it’s such a beautiful film. And I want people to see me and Aamir (Khan) on screen. I’ve waited so long. So please don’t boycott this movie, because it’s actually like boycotting good cinema.”

The trend of boycotting Bollywood films for trivial and flimsy reasons has increased in recent years. Last year, several big-ticket releases like Brahmastra and Raksha Bandhan were hit by online boycott campaigns.

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