"I agree with Kangana's statement. We were given freedom in exchange for alms. The fighters who attempted to take it from the British were executed, and the bigwigs at the time did not try to save them," Gokhale stated.
Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale remarked on Sunday that he agreed with Kangana Ranaut's recent remark that India's 1947 independence was a "bheekh", and that he also agreed with Ranaut's statement that India gained "genuine freedom" in 2014.
"I agree with Kangana's statement," the actor said on the sidelines of an event organized by Bramhan Mahasangh in the city to honor Gokhale on his 75th birthday. We were given freedom in exchange for alms. The fighters who attempted to take it from the British were executed, and the bigwigs at the time did not try to save them."
"I also agree with what Ranaut said that we achieved real independence in 2014," Gokhale subsequently told.
Gokhale, on the other hand, stated that he was not a slavish follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I don't agree with what Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah say during their election campaign. But, certainly, I support them when they work in the national interest, such as when they put China on the defensive."
"If Gokhale is supporting her (Ranaut), he could better join a political party like the BJP," remarked senior Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. In response, Gokhale stated that he was not a member of any political party. "My opinions are my opinions. They are not influenced by political parties in any way. All parties are alike," he asserted.
"India earned freedom because of the battle put up by freedom fighters, patriots, satyagrahis, people who believed in non-violence, and even those who stayed at home and prayed," said actor Sharad Ponkshe, whose play "Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy" caused a stir a few years ago. "India gained independence in 1947, not 2014. I don't know what he said and what was broadcast by television stations, which are infamous for twisting things," he remarked, declining to engage in a rhetorical war with Gokhale.
"Gokhale backing Ranaut should welcome seditious charges, We'll submit a police report the following day (Monday)." Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade remarked.
Mukund Kirdat of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said, “We are consulting our legal team and might file a police complaint against the actor.”
Gokhale, a well-known name in theatre and film, also stated that the Shiv Sena and the BJP must work together, and that he was working to reunite the two parties. "I'm putting up my best effort." I had personally asked Devendra Fadnavis (previous Chief Minister and senior BJP leader) why he did not hand the Chief Ministership to the Sena for 2.5 years.
It was a mistake, he (Fadnavis) told me. He stated that he would personally communicate with Fadnavis and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the future.