Farhan Akhtar has had to face plenty of criticism after he mistakenly thought that people in Bhopal were voting in the last phase of elections. Farhan had taken to Twitter to ask people of Bhopal to defeat the BJP candidate, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who’s become a symbol of terror and hate in India.
No sooner had he posted his tweet urging people of Bhopal to vote against hate, the microblogging site was inundated with memes and jokes mocking Farhan’s ignorance about Indian elections. They sought to remind Farhan that Bhopal had already voted on 12 May and his appeal was one week late.
Far from being fazed by social media ridicule, Farhan, son of poet Javed Akhtar, decided to shut up his trolls with an impressive poetry. He wrote, “Humne taareek galat samjhi toh galaa pakad liya, Jisne itihaas galat samjha use galey laga rahe ho. (I got the date wrong and they punced on me, but the same people are embracing those (Pragya) who got their history wrong.”
Humne taareek galat samjhi toh galaa pakad liya,
Jisne itihaas galat samjha use galey laga rahe ho. #priorities
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) May 19, 2019
Pragya, who’s facing trial for terrorism charges for her role in the Malegaon blasts, was named by the BJP as its Lok Sabha candidate. After insulting a martyr, slain former ATS chief Hemant Karkare, the terror accused had recently insulted Mahatma Gandhi by calling his assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot.
On the work front, Farhan is working on Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink, which also stars Priyanka Chopra and Zaira Wasim among others. The film is set to release on 11 October this year.