A complaint was filed after outspoken actress Kangana Ranaut’s made a new remark on how “India got ‘bheekh (alms)’ in 1947, and got freedom in 2014”. The actress was speaking at a recent conclave held by media group Times Now. Incidentally, after she made the remark, she herself said humorously that cases will be filed against her for her remarks.

Speaking at the Times Now conference, the recently Padma Shri awarded actress mentioned that freedom fighters such as Rani Lakshmibai, Vinayak Savarkar, Shubhash Chandra Bose, “knew that blood must flow” for India’s freedom, but it must not be the blood of Hindustani.

Ranaut’s remarks came after she said that she wasn’t intending on joining the politics, but as a nationalist, she has the right to speak about the struggle for India’s freedom.


Kangana Ranaut is an actress loved by masses, and appreciated by critics for her acting prowess. However, her comments on Indian politics, her stance on pro-Hindu and anti-Muslim issues, has made her quite a polarizing figure in the Indian landscape.

The actress became a household name back in 2020 in the wake of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. She spoke about issues such as nepotism, favouritism, and elitism in the Indian entertainment industry which won her the love of hundreds of thousands of supporters.

However, her remarks became blatantly problematic, as she targeted multiple groups in her rants. Later her account on Twitter was suspended for life due to ‘community policy’.

Now, the actress has again brewed storm.

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The Facts of the Matter

A file against outspoken Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has been filed by AAP (Aam Aadmi Party). On November 11, the National Executive Member of the Delhi-based political party, Preeti Sharma Menon filed a complaint against Ranaut for her recent remarks against India’s freedom fighters and about her remarks on India’s freedom struggle that were made at Times Now conference.

Speaking at the Times Now Summit 2021, Ms. Ranaut said that the freedom that India achieved in 1947 was mere alms (bheekh, the word that Kangana used). She further said that the real freedom India got came in 2014.

The recently Padma Shri award winning actress is being quoted by media reports saying, “Coming back to Savarkar, Lakshmibai, or Netaji Bose…these people knew that the blood will flow but it shouldn’t be Hindustani blood. They knew it. They paid a price, of course. Woh azaadi nahi thi, woh bheek thi. Aur jo azaadi mili hai woh 2014 mai mili hai (That wasn’t freedom, those were alms. And we got real freedom in 2014.)”

Watch Kangana Ranaut’s Remarks at Times Now Summit:

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AAP Files FIR Against Kangana Ranaut on Sedition Charges

The AAP party member has sought quick action against Ranaut for her remarks under multiple sections of IPC, including Section 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), Section 505, 124a (Sedition).

Taking to Twitter, the AAP party leader wrote, “Submitted an application to @MumbaiPolice requesting action on Kangana Ranaut for her seditious and inflammatory statements on @TimesNow, under sections 504, 505 and 124A. Hope to see some action @CPMumbaiPolice @DGPMaharashtra.”

Ranaut’s remarks instantly went viral on social media platforms with different reactions. While some criticized the actors for disrespecting the valiant efforts of all the freedom fighters, others are claiming Ranaut to be courageous.

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“Madness or Treason” Wonders BJP MLA

Meanwhile, BJP leader Varun Gandhi condemned her remarks and asked whether they are coming from a place of “madness or treason”. Taking to Twitter, the Member of Parliament wrote, “Sometimes an insult to the sacrifice and penance of Mahatma Gandhi, sometimes the respect of his killer, and now the disdain for the sacrifices of millions of freedom fighters from Shaheed Mangal Pandey to Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and more. Should I call this thinking madness or treason?”