Noted journalists, common people and renowned celebrities from the film industry expressed grief and shock over the gruesome murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Popular music composer AR Rahman has also come out to condemn the passing of Lankesh asserting that if such incidents take place in the country then it was not his India. While speaking at the premiere of his upcoming film One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film in Mumbai, Rahman affirmed that he was extremely sad to hear the news of her passing and added that he wanted India to be “progressive” and “kind”.
“I am so so sad about that. I hope these things don’t happen in India. If these things happen in India, then it is not my India. I want my India to be progressive and kind,” Rahman was quoted as saying.
While talking about the movie, Rahman stated “it was probably the first concert movie in India. We wanted to give an alternate kind of movie to the audience because people have seen action, romance comedy and everything but a musical movie which have great quality and sound is something to look out for.”
Gauri Lankesh who was an outright Hindutva critic and was known for her outspoken views on communalism was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru. The incident took place on September 5 when Lankesh was opening her house door when unidentified motorcycle-borne men opened fire at her. Seven rounds of bullets were reportedly fired at her. While four missed the target, three hit her – two in the chest and one on her forehead killing her on the spot.
The police who are currently making efforts to nab the accused have been investigating the CCTV footage that has allegedly managed to capture the entire incident. However, no arrests have been made as yet.