What happened to 'sweet' Tapas Pal, wonders Bengali film industry

Expressing disbelief at Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal's alleged remarks threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped, eminent director Aparna Sen today wondered whether jumping into politics had changed the nature of the 'sweet' actor.

hidden July 01, 2014 15:13:57 IST
What happened to 'sweet' Tapas Pal, wonders Bengali film industry

Kolkata: Expressing disbelief at Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal's alleged remarks threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped, eminent director Aparna Sen today wondered whether jumping into politics had changed the nature of the "sweet" actor. "I am shocked and stunned. This is not the Tapas Pal I knew for so long. He was a sweet boy and we had worked together in some films. We had good relations and he was gentle. I used to like him," Sen, the National Award winning director, said.

She said she was unable to relate the Tapas Pal whom she knew as an actor and the new Tapas Pal whom she was now seeing as a political leader. "Does one change like this after getting into politics? I don't know how can this happen," Sen said.

Jalandhar, Jul 1 (PTI) Slamming TMC MP Tapas Pal's controversial comments allegedly threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped, BJP today demanded that the leader be put "behind bars", saying he has "no right" to be in any political party. BJP's national vice-president Laxmi Kant Chawla has shot off a letter to the TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stating that leaders like Pal should not be a part of any political entity and be put behind bars.

What happened to sweet Tapas Pal wonders Bengali film industry

Aparna Sen. AFP.

"It has come to the public notice that your party MP Tapas Pal talked about shooting, beating and raping women. The matter obviously has brought you embarrassment and ridicule. We request you to expel the leader from the party and send him behind bars for making such insensitive comments against women," the letter said.

Chawla reiterated that Pal has "no right" to be in the party and the TMC chief being a woman herself should immediately put the leader behind bars. Pal's comment which went viral on a vernacular TV news channel yesterday had quoted him saying, "If any CPIM man is present here. Listen to me. If you ever touch any Trinamool Congress worker or their families at Choumaha, you have to pay for this. Don't try to act smart with me. I am smarter than you..."

"Earlier, you guys have bullied me on various occasions. If you insult the mothers and daughters of Trinamool workers. Then I won't spare you. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape. I will teach each of you a lesson," the MP had warned. Pal, however, denied that he spoke about rape. "What I said was I will tell my workers to 'raid'."

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