Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s hysterical remarks on the country’s security have made him hit the headlines. On Friday, Shah had said, “What I said earlier was as a worried Indian. What did I say this time that I am being termed as a traitor? I am expressing concerns about the country I love, the country that is my home. How is that a crime?”

Shah’s remarks on mob violence triggered a row with right-wing groups protesting outside the venue where he was supposed to deliver the keynote address of the fifth edition of the three-day literature festival.

Following protests by members of right-wing groups, organisers of the Ajmer Literature Festival Friday called off an event that was scheduled to be addressed by actor Naseeruddin Shah.

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Raas Bihari Gaur, the coordinator of the festival, said, “Shah was scheduled to inaugurate the festival but he did not come because of the protest by some locals over his comments.” He was also scheduled to launch his book in the opening session, which was also called off due to the protests. He said the festival, however, kicked off on Friday and will conclude on Sunday.

Furthermore, Shah had also called Indian skipper Virat Kohli ‘worst behaved player ever’.  

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