Bhubaneswar, Jan. 11 -- Odisha-born academician Professor Ashok Swain, who is known for speaking his mind over a range of sensitive issues, has termed the Bollywood actors posing for a group selfie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "a bunch of cowards".

Swain, a Professor at the Uppsala University's Department of Peace and Conflict Research in Sweden, said most of the big stars in the Hindi film industry are now ready to line up to meet Modi - apparently for no reason at all but to enjoy a fan moment instead of highlighting important issues which are currently plaguing our society.

Why Hollywood is Hollywood, and Bollywood is Bollywood? A bunch of cowards.

- Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) January 10, 2019