Bollywood’s Open Letter to Voters – VOTE for the Secular Party

Posted: April 17, 2014 by moifightclub in Open Letter
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With the NaMo-mania hitting the roof (see pic, via @psemophile), Bollywood has done something which it has never done before – Taken a political stand. Some 60 film personalities which includes many well-known directors, actors, screenwriters, editors, producers and lyricists have come together to make an appeal to the voters. Though it doesn’t spell out the NaMo-word but it’s quite evident what they are saying. Do read.


Dear Fellow-Indians,

The best thing about our country is its cultural diversity, its pluralism – the co-existence of a number of religions and ethnicities over centuries, and hence the blooming of multiple streams of intellectual and artistic thought. And, this has been possible only because Indian society has prided itself on being essentially secular in character, rejecting communal hatred, embracing tolerance.

Today, that very sense of India is vulnerable. The need of the hour is to protect our country’s secular foundation. Undoubtedly, corruption and governance are important issues, but we will have to vigilantly work out ways of holding our government accountable to that. However, one thing is clear: India’s secular character is not negotiable! Not now, not ever.

As Indian citizens who love our motherland, we appeal to you to vote for the secular party, which is most likely to win in your constituency.

Jai Hind!



Imtiaz Ali (Writer-Director: Highway, Jab We Met)

Vishal Bhardwaj (Writer-Director: Omkara, Maqbool)

Govind Nihalani (Director: Tamas, Ardh Satya)

Saeed Mirza (Director: Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai)

Zoya Akhtar (Writer-Director: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

Anand Patwardhan (Documentary Film-maker: Jai Bhim Comrade)

Vijay Krishna Acharya ‘Victor’ (Director: Dhoom 3)

Kabir Khan (Director: Ek Tha Tiger)

Kundan Shah (Director: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro)

Nandita Das (Director-Actress: Firaaq, Fire)

Hansal Mehta (Director: Shahid)

Anjum Rajabali (Writer: Raajneeti, Satyagraha)

Akshat Verma (Writer: Delhi Belly)

Shubha Mudgal (Singer-Musician)

Anusha Rizvi (Filmmaker: Peepli Live)

Swara Bhaskar (Actor: Raanjhana, Tanu Weds Manu)

Aditi Rao Hydari (Actor: Murder 3, Rockstar)

Pubali Chaudhuri (Writer: Kai Po Che, Rock On!!)

Mahesh Bhatt (Director-Producer: Saaraansh, Jannat)

Anil Mehta (Cinematographer: Lagaan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Saket Chaudhary (Writer-Director: Shaadi Ke Side Effects)

Rakesh Sharma (Documentary Film-maker: Final Solution)

Vinay Shukla (Writer-Director: Godmother)

Robin Bhatt (Writer: Chennai Express, Krish 3)

Aneesh Pradhan (Tabla Maestro)

Sanjay Chhel (Writer: Rangeela, Yes Boss)

Sameer Anjan (Lyricist: Dhoom 3, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai)

Imteyaz Husain (Writer: Parinda)

Rajesh Dubey (TV Writer: Balika Vadhu)

Vinod Ranganath (TV Writer: Shanti, Swaabhiman)

Jalees Sherwani (Lyricist: Dabang)

Danish Javed (Lyricist and Poet)

Amitabh Shukla (Film Editor: Chak De India)

Sukant Panigrahi (Art Director)

Surabhi Sharma (Documentary Film-maker)

Anusha Khan (Producer)

Bishwadeep Chatterjee (Sound Designer: 3 Idiots)

C.K. Muraleedharan (Cinematographer: 3 Idiots)

Dr. Manasee Palshikar (Screenwriter-Teacher)

Jyoti Dogra (Actor)

Joy Sengupta (Actor)

Kauser Munir (Lyricist: Dhoom 3)

Mazahir Rahim (Screenwriter)

Nishant Radhakrishnan (Film Editor: Satyamev Jayate)

Preety Ali (Producer)

Priyanka Borpujari (Screenwriter)

Rajashree (Writer-Filmmaker)

Manjushree Abhinav (Novelist-Filmmaker)

Prayas Abhinav (Artist-Teacher)

Ruchika Oberoi (Film-maker)

Rukmini Sen (Screenwriter and TV Journalist)

Sameera Iyengar (Theatre activist)

Sharad Tripathi (Screenwriter)

Shivani Tibrewala Chand (Playwright)

Simantini Dhuru (Filmmaker-Activist)

Sona Jain (Film-maker)

Tushar Gandhi (Activist)

Teesta Setalvaad (Activist)

Javed Anand (Activist)

  1. koolhead17 says:


    Your TITLE is confusing changing it will make more sense. Its not entire Bollywood but 67 secular intellectuals.

    Some of those are the same who were against hanging KASAB. I been reading you guys religiously please stay away from posting false msg.


  2. Susmita says:

    It is my personal opinion that people should stick to what they are good at and focus on their jobs. Involvement of artists and intelligentsia in politics can be potentially problematic.

  3. Desi Daaru says:

    The problem is Bollywood has never spoken out when it has actually mattered.
    Bal Thackeray/Shiv Sena/MNS in Mumbai, who are regionalist/communal/misogynist come to mind. Bollywood people openly court such elements.

    That’s why I am cynical about this silly appeal. Taking a firm political stance requires some guts- and that is why even this effort by Bollywood small-fry selects ‘safe’ targets who go unnamed and ‘secular’ parties which are not specified.

    Would have taken it seriously if the appeal actually stated their political preference.
    Otherwise an appeal to ‘vote secularly’ implies voters aren’t going to be doing so, which is patently untrue.

  4. Gaurav says:

    Please tell these people to do the work they are assigned . I understand that these are personal opinion but they have not understood concept of secular at all . 60 years is enough time given to secular party, if you still want to divided by caste and creed go ahead and vote per your choice

  5. jyoti bandopadhyay says:

    Dear club authority, Can you say which party is secular? Jyoti Bandopadhyay

  6. rahulandrd says:

    These 60 people deserve Rahul Gandhi- Give them !!

  7. There are some intellectuals here who talked about sensor free environment in the MIFF . Are they hypocrites or what ?Art has no force who else more than these guys know this ? You should not force anyone . These people should have some social responsibility .

  8. Jitaditya says:

    wow… so noble and so fashionable…
    Basically you want another term for the dynasty and grab a few national awards… gimme a break!

  9. buttercup says:

    Aren’t half the actors going to be out of the country for iifa awards? So how much of Bollywood is actually voting?

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  12. Can you please show me who is secular here? If you do find one that is ? if not please delete this article and vote for change.

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