Actor Kangana Ranaut has been tweeting about Shah Rukh Khan’s film Pathaan after it broke several box office records since its release on January 25. Kangana criticized the film for painting “enemy” Pakistan in a positive light and slammed those who spoke about “triumph over hate” after its success. She also issued a warning to Bollywood, tweeting that people in the film industry should “enjoy their success” and “stay away from politics.” Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar recently praised the film on Instagram, with Alia saying “love always wins” and Karan writing “love forever trumps hate” as he commented on the film grossing ₹106 crore worldwide on its opening day.
Kangana Ranaut, who recently returned to Twitter after her account was banned in 2020 for violating the platform’s rules, tweeted on Saturday, “Bollywood walon yeh narrative banane ki koshish mat karna ki iss desh mein tum Hindu hate se suffer kar rahe ho, agar maine phir se yeh word suna ‘triumph over hate’ toh tum logon ki wahi class lagegi jo kal lagi thi (Bollywood people, do not try to project that your are suffering from Hindu hate in this country. If I hear another comment on ‘triumph over hate’, I will take your class). Enjoy your success and do good work, stay away from politics.”
Twitter users have criticized Kangana Ranaut for her recent tweets about Pathaan, suggesting that she is using the topic for her personal gain. One tweet read, “Let’s put Pathaan aside for a moment… another example of ‘triumph over hate’ is how your last nine movies tanked one after another. Audience has rejected Kangana, we know you are desperate now to be where Smriti Irani is.” Another person tweeted, “Madam ji, are you not from Bollywood? Are you from a different industry?”
Kangana had previously acknowledged the failure of her last film, Dhaakad, when responding to a comment on Friday. She stated, “Yes, Dhakad was a historic flop, when did I deny this? This is SRK ji’s first successful film in ten years, we also take inspiration from him, I hope we will also get a similar chance that India gave him. After all this, India is great, it is generous, Jai Shri Ram.”
On Friday, Kangana addressed those who were claiming that the film Pathaan is a triumph of love over hate in a series of tweets. She stated that the film was only successful in theaters because of India’s love and inclusiveness towards it. She also acknowledged that the majority of India’s population is Hindu and yet a film that portrays Pakistan and ISI in a positive light is still successful. She tweet: “All those who are claiming Pathaan is triumph of love over hate, I agree, but whose love over whose hate? Let’s be precise, whose is buying tickets and making it a success? Yes it is India’s love and inclusiveness where 80 percent Hindus live and yet a film called Pathan, which shows our enemy nation Pakistan and ISI in good light is running successfully. It is this spirit of India beyond hate and judgements that makes it mahan (great)…”