It seems like Bollywood has been split into it. A few days ago, around 49 intellectuals and artistes including people like Aparna Sen, Anurag Kashyap among others had petitioned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the spate of lynchings of minorities in India. It snowballed into such a huge controversy that in response, around 61 filmmakers and artistes including Kangana Ranaut, Prasoon Joshi and Madhur Bhandarkar, wrote a counter ‘open letter’ accusing the former group of having a political agenda. And now, the issue seems to have divided two other friends – Javed Akhtar and Shekhar Kapoor. Javed and Shekhar have collaborated on the famous movie Mr India.
Javed Akhtar has now taken on his old colleague and friend Shekhar Kapur on Twitter for seemingly making veiled unflattering digs at those who signed the Bollywood petition against lynchings, Javed Akhtar included. Javed’s tirade on Twitter against Shekhar is scathing. He ends it by advising Shekhar to see a psychiatrist.
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While Javed Akhtar refused to comment any further on the issue, a source close to the poet-writer-thinker shed further light on the issue. “The nationwide lynchings have become a very sensitive issue for Javed Saab. Any attempt to discredit those who are opposed to the lynchings is taken very personally by Javed Saab. He has known Shekhar as a close friend for many years. They’ve collaborated for a number of films including Mr India. This split on the grounds of political ideology is unfortunate, though not irreconcilable. Shekhar and Javed Saab are too close to let one incident spoil their friendship.”
Can political differences lead to a break in friendships? We will have to wait and watch.