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Video: West Bengal celebrities speak out against CAA, NRC, NPR

  • Published at 06:29 pm January 15th, 2020
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Demonstrators attend a protest against a new citizenship law in Seelampur, area of Delhi, India December 17, 2019 Reuters

In a video message, titled Amra Kagoj Dekhabo Na, thirteen Bengali directors, actors, writers and members of the film fraternity have come together to register their opposition to the CAA, NRC and NPR

In a short video, a group of celebrities and intellectuals from eastern Indian state of West Bengal have thrown their weight behind the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Census-linked National Population Register (NPR), reports Scroll.in.

In a Bangla version of Varun Grover’s protest poem “Hum Kaagaz Nahi Dikhayenge,” thirteen Bengali directors, actors, writers and members of the film fraternity have come together to register their opposition to the CAA, NRC and NPR.

Prominent actors Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Swastika Mukherjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Nandana Sen, writer Manoranjan Byapari, filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay and singer Rupam Islam, have appeared in the 87-second video released on Sunday.

The video message is titled Amra Kagoj Dekhabo Na (We won’t show our papers) and was made by filmmaker-photographer Ronny Sen.

The video went viral on social media on Monday with scores of supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress and various Leftist parties sharing it.

The video shows these celebrities reciting one line each from a poem, which is roughly a Bengali transliteration of Grover’s recently-penned poem.

The video ends with a text appearing on the screen opposing NRC, CAA and NPR and urging people to resist all three.

West Bengal has seen widespread protests against the CAA which makes religion a test of citizenship. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been at the forefront of the protests and has ruled implementing the NRC in the state.