Javed Akhtar’s SPAT With Shekhar Kapoor Over Mob Lynching Petitions

Javed Akhtar’s SPAT With Shekhar Kapoor Over Mob Lynching Petitions

The mob lynching petitioned filed by some filmmakers have seemingly driven a wedge between friends Javed Akhtar and Shekhar Kapoor
Javed Akhtar’s SPAT With Shekhar Kapoor Over Mob Lynching Petitions
Javed Akhtar

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.

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