Hashtag 'ShutDownFilmCity' trends as Bollywood supports Aarey protests
Twitter users have launched a campaign to shut down Goregaon Film City after Bollywood celebrities criticised the felling of trees at Aarey forest
The Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking a stay on the felling of trees at Aarey forest for a proposed metro car shed. This was followed by the arrest of 29 protesters from the construction site today, after the Mumbai Police imposed Section 144 of the CrPC near the area.
Several Bollywood celebrities have reacted to the situation and extended support to the conservationists. Actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted:
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 5, 2019
Shraddha Kapoor, who had previously participated in the protests, wrote, “This is wrong and should not be happening,” and “Mumbaikars wake up.”
Alia Bhatt tweeted,
There's always been a conflict between development & conservation. Yes, the city needs to build infrastructure to support a growing population. But the city also needs trees & parks & greenery. We need to protect nature like life depends on it. Because it does.#LetMumbaiBreathe
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) October 5, 2019
UN Goodwill Ambassador Dia Mirza wrote,
400 trees have been cut in the dead of the night. As citizens sang and joined hands in unity pleading to STOP this massacre. Can’t you see they are UNITED by love!?! Love for nature. Love for our children and our future. #Aarey #ClimateAction #ActNow #ChangeIsComing pic.twitter.com/7XCwSeaqDT
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) October 5, 2019
Even as celebrities continued to express their protest, the hashtag #shutdownfilmcity started trending on Twitter. Netizens pointed out that the Goregaon Film City — also located inside Aarey — is twenty times bigger in size than the proposed car shed, and poses similar threats to the environment.
“The sets built at Film City are made of plaster of Paris, styrofoam, wood and plywood. Millions of liters of diesel is consumed by generators to provide power for your lights, air conditioners, digital equipment. All in the name of entertainment. To save Aarey,” a user wrote.
Responding to rebuttals of Film City encroaching on forest land, Varun Dhawan tweeted,
This is also most definitely wrong but what wrong has been done in the past doesn’t need to be repeated. Its not a blame game Dalvi Saab. Lets do what’s right now https://t.co/cBhsEOHsRG
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) October 5, 2019