"Harassed for 20 mins @ Madurai airport"
Siddharth of Rang De Basanti fame has alleged that he and his parents were harassed by security officials at the Madurai airport for around 20 minutes.
He said despite being asked to talk in English, they continued to talk with them in Hindi.
He shared a picture from the airport on his Instagram Story and talked about his experience.
He added that when they protested them, they said: “In India, this is how it is.”
Sharing the picture on his Instagram Story, Siddharth wrote: “Harassed for 20 mins @ Madurai airport by CRPF.
“They made my senior parents remove coins from their bags!
“And repeatedly talked to us in Hindi after being told to speak in English.”
He accidentally tagged CRPF instead of CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) in the post.
In the text post, Siddharth also shared that a security official shouted at his sister for carrying medical injections.
He further said: “Thank you for all the concern and support sent our way.
“Since the Airport incident, I have been receiving many messages from people sharing their own experiences.
“I’ve also been contacted by several media houses.
“I felt it better to explain my experience here. I would rather throw light on the problem than myself.
“The unnecessary attention will only upset my family further.”
He added: “I have flown out of Madurai Airport dozens of times and I have never had even a moment of difficulty or discomfort in the past.”
Siddharth was seen in the web series Escaype Live on Disney+ Hotstar in 2022.
It revolved around the dark side of social media and starred Jaaved Jaaferi.
He was part of a controversy in January 2022 when he was booked by the cybercrime wing of Hyderabad Police over his tweet against Saina Nehwal.
A case was registered against him under the IPC Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of women) and under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act, a senior police official told PTI.
He later issued a public apology, calling his comment a “rude joke” and admitted that he could not “justify my tone and words.”
Siddharth had replied to Saina Nehwal’s tweet on PM Narendra Modi’s security breach in Punjab, but his tweet drew much flak for being ‘sexist’.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) asked Twitter India to “immediately” block the actor’s account.
Siddharth has worked in several Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films.
He is known for his role alongside Aamir Khan in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti.
On the work front, he will next be seen in the Kamal Haasan-starrer Indian 2.
The film also stars Nedumudi Venu, Sudeep, Gulshan Grover, Kajal Aggarwal and Rakul Preet Singh, among others in key roles.