Won't return National Awards: Prakash

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Actor Prakash Raj took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, as no one has been arrested so far in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was close to the actor, media reports said. He likened the PM's silence to an "actor trying to please his followers".

The National Award-winning actor made his comments at the PM while delivering a speech at the 11th State meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India, as per The News Minute. I was on a stage where I was addressing a group of youngsters and when there is a discussion about recent killings of Gauri Lankesh or Kalburgi or these sort of killings, and my reaction was that we don't know who has killed them because there is a police department, there is an SIT which is looking into it.

Earlier, at an event here on Sunday, he had said, "When I see such actors who are acting as though nothing has happened, I have been given five national awards, I feel like returning it to them. We have a Prime Minister who shuts his eyes to this".

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Prakash Raj won national awards for acting for films - "Iruvar aka Iddaru", "Anthapuram", and "Kanchipuram". He also stated that he is ready to give all his national awards to politicians as the actor feels they deserved the awards more than he did due to their acting. Give me some respect. "These are bigger actors than me", NDTV quoted him as saying yesterday. "If you act in front of me as though you know nothing- am I a fool (to believe it) or are people or today's younger generation fools?" Secondly, he spoke about giving away his national awards to a politician "donning a double role"- this reference was, however, not to Prime Minister Narendra Modi but Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. If you don't know something you should make an effort to understand it or listen when right people tell you right things.

But, it seems some of the media outlets had misreported actor Prakash Raj and he has come out with a formal explanation of the same to clear the air. He said, "I am hurt with the silence".

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