Hansal Mehta questions govt’s decision on vaccination, shares son’s photo: ‘Pallava has Downs Syndrome, does he want or need the vaccine?’

screenmixApril 7, 2021

After the Indian government’s recent statement about giving the Covid-19 vaccine to those ‘who need it,’ and not ‘want it,’ filmmaker and Scam 1992 director Hansal Mehta has reacted to the news via a Twitter post.

Sharing a picture of his 25-year-old son Pallava, who suffers from Down Syndrome, Hansal Mehta tweeted, “My son Pallava is 25 years old. He has Downs Syndrome. He has suffered from a near fatal respiratory failure a few years ago. Does he want the vaccine or does he need it?”

While many of the director’s Twitter followers ‘blessed’ Pallava, one suggested that Mehta should consult with a doctor about the vaccine dose. Another user wrote, “Make sure this takes off.” While yet another mentioned, “#Vaccination4all is the need of the hour.”

Hansal also responded as a Twitter user accused him of doing politics. “Dear Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maharashtra and Mr. @mehtahansal Pallava was eleigible for vaccination in the very first round when it all started as ‘Down Syndrome’ is a disease lowering the immunity and all such cases were included. But bete ki life ya (son’s life or) politics. Tough one,” the person wrote. Hansal wrote, “Downs Syndrome is not a disease. Do some research. Take some time off from trolling. And understand the context of my question first before providing your parroted answers,” he wrote.

Earlier in the day, Hansal made news after it was announced that the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal has been abolished, which means the makers will have to directly consult with high court if an issue arises. Lamenting on the decision made by the government, Hansal had wondered about the necessity of taking such a step at this point in time. “Do the high courts have a lot of time to address film certification grievances? How many film producers will have the means to approach the courts? The FCAT discontinuation feels arbitrary and is definitely restrictive. Why this unfortunate timing? Why take this decision at all?” read his complete post.

On the work front, Hansal Mehta had last helmed the very successful SonyLIV web series called Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. Pratik Gandhi had essayed the titular role.