Urmila Matondkar, who is an actor and politician, criticized the BJP leader Arun Yadav after he made remarks on the late screen icon Dilip Kumar saying that the actor earned money by using a Hindu name in the film industry.
Born as Mohammed Yousuf Khan in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) on December 11, 1922, he is one of the finest actors of India who got into the hearts of generations of people. Devika Rani, the head of the Bombay Talkies, renamed him as Dilip Kumar when he joined the studio as an actor.
Dilip Kumar passed away at the age of 98 on Wednesday, July 7 at a Mumbai hospital due to breathing issues. Many people remembered him on the social media platforms and addressed him demise a void in the Indian cinema.
Arun Yadav, Haryana BJP IT cell and social media head, sparked a controversy through his condolence message. He tweeted in Hindi as “The death of Mohammad Yusuf Khan (Dilip Kumar), who earned money by keeping a Hindu name in the film world, is an irreparable loss to the Indian film industry! Deepest condolences to the bereaved family. Hope God gives peace to the departed soul”.
Urmila Matondkar expressed her displeasure and responded to his tweet saying “Shame on you” with thumbs down emoji. She told, “It is sad to see that a legend of our country is being trivialised by saying that he kept a Hindu name to earn money. One needs to show dignity and class. He has done so many socially relevant films”.
She continued saying that was a “socially responsible person” and said, “He helped the widows of soldiers who lost their lives in Kargil war and did innumerable amount of social work”.
“It is because of this particular thinking of these people that there are many people who think it is fine to create a constant communal division and whitewash it. Shame on a thinking like this. He (Yadav) needs to grow up. He needs to get the information correct”, she further added.
Matondkar said, “There are so many Muslims who have taken Hindu names and vice versa but does it make us less? The fact should be how much of an Indian you are. He (Dilip Kumar) was indeed one”.
Arun Yadav’s tweet also got criticism from other Twitter users for the remarks on the actor.
फिल्मी जगत में हिन्दू नाम रखकर पैसा कमाने वाले मोहम्मद यूसुफ खान ( दिलीप कुमार ) का निधन भारतीय फिल्म जगत के लिए अपूरणीय क्षति है!
शोक संतप्त परिवार के प्रति गहन संवेदना!
दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति दे भगवान।
— Arun Yadav (@beingarun28) July 7, 2021