He had condemned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on certain sections "celebrating" the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh on social media. He said "bigger actors" including the PM deserve the honours.
"Some of these people who celebrated her (Gauri's) murder are followed by our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) on Twitter".
The actor on Sunday was invited to speak at an event organized by the Democratic Youth Federation of India.
He said that while he was not sure who had killed Lankesh, he knew exactly who was celebrating the journalist's murder. "We have a Prime Minister who has turned a blind eye towards the kind of people he follows on social media and the venom they spew", he said. He said he was given the award for his body of work, and he is really proud of his body of work; hence he won't return the national awards in protest.
Among those who are urging the government to take some quick action is National Award-winning actor Prakash Raj. The actor recently shared a video on micro-blogging site Twitter saying that he is not a fool to return his National Awards. When you act as if you don't know anything, do you think I or people will buy it? At least show me some respect, considering the fact that I am an actor and I will be able to tell what is the truth and what is acting. That silence hurts me. We have people doing such double roles.
Questioning the Politicians' acting skills, Prakash added, "You can't make me believe by making promises of good days".
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.
Lankesh, who had strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead from close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5. They have given me five National Awards.
It has been nearly a month since journalist Gauri Lankesh was brutally gunned down in front of her house in Bengaluru. "I am shocked with the silence of Modi" Prakash Raj expressed.