Arundhati Roy has always insulted India, Anupam Kher

Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy is the latest to join the bandwagon of #Awardwapsi movement and veteran actor Anupam Kher came down heavily on Roy tagging her 'anti-national'. He said that he wondered whether Roy is an Indian because she has always insulted India.

"Arundhati Roy has always insulted India whenever she has gone abroad. Whenever I listen to her speeches, I wonder if she even is an Indian in the first place. There is a video of her giving a speech in Australia and when you listen to it, the way she has described a state of horror in India is ridiculous. Mudslinging your own country when you want to obtain a grant or an honour from another nation is despicable," Kher told ANI in an exclusive interview.

Anupam Kher is leading a march today to the Rashtrapati Bhawan against the 'intolerance' protest and against those who returned their honour.

"No Indian can tolerate when the nation is being insulted on a global level and there are those who are doing that right now. They feel that ever since the new government has come into power, the nation has plunged into a state of intolerance. This is not a fresh atmosphere. What about the emergency, the Kashmiri pandits' exodus and the riots? What is today's level of intolerance being compared to?" Kher asked.

Kher said that he is not a political person and but just an Indian who loved his nation.

"My intentions are not political. I am just proud and thankful of the fact that this nation has given me so much. I was just a small guy from a small town, but look where I am right now. Sometimes you have to give back," Kher said.

He also admitted that he was bit concerned about his acting career after he had dragged himself into the troubled waters.

"I have no problem with the protest and if someone is expressing their views. As a matter of fact, I have friends and colleagues who are part of the protest on the other side. However, I wonder now that the people would think twice before casting me as I have got in myself in this state of affairs. But sometimes, the nation comes before profession. I have done 491 movies in my life and I have seen what has been happening in the nation, but you need to remember that this is not an actor speaking but a person who loves his country," Kher said.

"What can be a bigger example of freedom when on a daily basis you are saying things against the nation? There are those who have come out and openly expressed their dislike for the Prime Minister. The press has been given unmatched freedom to say whatever they want. I respect everyone's views, but when someone slams my nation and insults it on an international level, it angers and saddens me," Kher said.

Kher said that he has conveyed their message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I have written to the Prime Minister and also tweeted to him so that he gives me the time to speak to him. I also want to convey to him the message from the other side," he added.

Kher said that before returning awards, the fraternities should approach PM Modi.

"When there is a fight in your family and you have issues with your father, you don't go to the rooftop and shout it out for the whole world to hear, you keep it within the family and try to resolve it. The same thing applies here. How will your father know there is a problem until you tell him? If the Prime Minister had said it outright that he does not want to meet anyone, then returning the awards could be justified but they have not even approached him," Kher said.