India's national election, which wrapped up this week, has divided Bollywood along political lines more sharply than any other race in years.
In the past month, Bollywood stars have taken to public forums and Twitter to show support for their preferred candidates or criticize their opponents. Here is a selection of some of the tweets:
Shocking to see some colleagues , under garb of stopping so-called divisive forces, are themselves dividing a secular place like Bollywood.
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@mbhandarkar268) April 16
The venomous reaction to the appeal for secular space is sadenning. Why cant we engage in more civil ways to express our disagreements?
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) April 17
Aha! Nandita Das has come out in open against Modi. Whn Cong stooges disguised as artists panic, surely it's doom time fr Intellectual Mafia
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) May 3
Why do Nandita Das & her gang officially become the official spokesperson of Cong?As it is they are being funded by Cong.
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) May 3
Pseudo Seculars r cowards. They rely on lies. They are frightened people who hide behind agendas. God save our country from such people.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) April 19
Nazi totalitarianisms came into power through normal democratic electoral processes.
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) April 26
The making of the new domestic enemy is underway. This is akin to Islamophobia/ "green scare". If u r against Modi u r against India.
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) April 20, 2014
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) April 25, 2014