In Mumbai, several people gathered at the August Kranti Maidan to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Various Bollywood celebrities like filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, actors Sushant Singh and Huma Qureshi also joined the demonstration to oppose the law, as reported by Business Today.
On 17 December, Akhtar had written on his Twitter account, urging his fans to gather on 19th for protest. He also posted a picture with it that had details about the recently passed law.
Akhtar was joined by his girlfriend Shibani Dandekar. The protesters gathered at the venue and shouted slogans like ‘dictatorship will not go’ against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The protest took a sharp turn after several students of Jamia Milia Islamia University in Delhi were beaten by the authorities on 15th December. Videos of cops shooting tear gases inside the library and beating the students went viral.
On 19 December, the internet was shutdown and section-144 (which prohibits public gathering) was imposed at various parts of the Delhi-NCR region.
Various Bollywood celebrities condemned the violence against the Jamia students including Ayushmann Khurrana, Anurag Kashyap, Parineeti Chopra, Anubhav Sinha, Siddharth Malhotra, Vicky Kaushal and Manoj Bajpayee among others.