BJP MLA vows not to allow screening of films with Javed Akhtar’s involvement


A BJP MLA has threatened that no films featuring lyricist Javed Akhtar would be allowed to be screened in India until the latter apologises to RSS workers for his recent statement drawing a comparison between the Hindutva body and the Taliban.

Releasing a short video, Maharashtra BJP MLA Ram Kadam said, “He should have thought before giving his statement that the members of the same Sangh Parivar are now running the country and following the duty of governance. Would he have been able to give such statements if there was Taliban-like government in India? This makes it clear just how hollow his statement is.”

He added, “We will not allow his films to run (in cinemas) in our motherland until he seeks forgiveness from the members of the Sangh parivar.”

Speaking on NDTV on the recent events from Afghanistan, Akhtar had said, “Just like the Taliban want an Islamic State, there are those who want a Hindu Rashtra. These people are of the same mindset — be it Muslim, Christian, Jews or Hindus.”

Akhtar, who is also the father of Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar, was himself a Rajya Sabha MP in the past. Akhtar had earlier expressed his displeasure over an alleged stance taken by the All India Muslim Personal Board after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. He had tweeted, “It is shocking that two members of Muslim personal law board have express their extreme happiness at the take over of AFG by the Barbarian Talibans Although the board has distanced it self but it is not enough.MSLB must give their POV in the most unambiguous words.we are waiting.”

However, the AIMPLB had rejected media reports attributing certain statements to the body. It had tweeted, “All India Muslim Personal Law Board has neither expressed any view nor given any statement on Taliban and recent political situation of Afghanistan.”

It had added, “Opinion of some Board members has been portrayed as Board’s stand by few media channels and wrong thing is being attributed to the Board. These practices are against the spirit of journalism.”