In a new development, noted lyricist Javed Akhtar on Wednesday slammed columnist Francois Gautier, who has reportedly objected over actor Aamir Khan playing a pivotal role in a movie on Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.
Recently there was a buzz doing the rounds that Aamir will work on a mega-budget movie series based on the great Indian epic ‘The Mahabharata’ after completing ‘Thugs of Hindostan’. It will be one of the most expensive films to be ever made. And it will be on the lines of Hollywood’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or the ‘Game of Thrones’ in terms of the production value.
The project is estimated to be made at a whopping Rs 1,000 crore and will be co-produced by Mukesh Ambani. Previously, the actor has on several occasions, expressed his willingness making Mahabharata as his dream project. He even wished to play the character of Karna or Krishna.
However, Gautier though didn’t take this report kindly as he questioned the decision of makers to cast a Muslim actor in the Hindu epic.
Gautier had posted posted,”Why should Aamir Khan, a Muslim, play in most ancient & sacred of Hindu epics, the Mahabharata?”
“Is BJP Govt of Narendra Modi going to be like the Congress and just stand by in name of secularism??? Would Muslims allow a Hindu to play life of Mohamed?, he added.
to this Akhtar reacted pretty harshly and wrote His tweet did not go down well with Akhtar and he ended up abusing the columnist on micro-blogging site. The lyricist asked him,”Which foreign agency is paying you to spread this kind of perverse and poisonous thoughts in our country.”
“You scoundrel, have you not seen Peter Brooks production of this great epic Mahabharata in France. I would like to know which foreign agency is paying you to spread this kind of perverse and poisonous thoughts in our country,” Javed Akhtar tweeted.
Earlier Akhtar supporting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’, Akhtar, talking to Aaj Tak, had said, “The Rajputs and the Rajwadas never fought against the British and now they are taking to the streets against a film and a filmmaker. All these ‘ranas’ ‘rajas’ and ‘maharajas’ of Rajasthan were serving in the courts of the British for 200 years. Where did their Rajput honour and valour go that time? They have become what they are since they had accepted to serve the British.” He also condemned the attacks on the film and various protests across the country.