Self-proclaimed social activists and members of Rajasthan’s Rajput community have filed a police complaint against the renowned lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar in the state. This was after Akhtar lashed out at those who had issued threats to Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali citing the hurt of ‘Rajput pride’ in their next release Padmavati.
Without mincing words, Akhtar had said, “I am willing to listen to the argument of a common Rajput. But not these Ranas (members of the erstwhile royal family) or royal family members of Rajasthan. For 200 years they stood inside the courts of British rulers and saluted them with their turban tied. Where was their Rajput pride then? They became kings only because they accepted the slavery of British rulers. They mustn’t talk about their dignity.”
The complaint against Akhtar was filed by a self-proclaimed activist and advocate Pratap Singh. He said, “The lyricist went beyond limits and used objectionable language for Rajput community, that is unacceptable and action must be taken against him.”
Singh and his associates insisted for an FIR, but police could only lodge a complaint.
Akhtar’s wife and veteran actor, Shabana Azmi, had slammed Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani for her silence on the death threats issued to the makers of Padmavati. Azmi had called her fraternity to boycott IFFI, currently being held in Goa. Her call, however, had no effect as several big names from the Bollywood including Shahid Kapoor, who’s acting in Padmavati, turned up for the inaugural event.