Atul Kulkarni
Atul Kulkarni

Even as social media remained abuzz with reactions to the shocking murder of Bengaluru-based senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, a tweet from an industry known for its silence on burning issues caught this diarist's eye.

"You read my tweets. Don't you agree that I deserve at least one bullet if not seven? I think I do. I should be ready. Many should be ready..." acclaimed actor Atul Kulkarni tweeted.

"This is the fourth murder. There is a clear pattern to it. People take a stand, and express it in a manner that is far from any form of violence, but in reply they get a bullet," Kulkarni told this diarist.

Does speaking his mind come at a cost in Bollywood? "I come from an industry which is extremely vulnerable. I can't blame anyone for being silent because what is at stake is extremely huge," he said. "I don't think I could come out with as much intensity as I wanted to, but I had to say it anyway."