Mumbai: Amid ongoing protests against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s soon-to-be-released controversial movie Padmavati, a police complaint has now been filed against veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar for allegedly insulting the Rajputs.
According to reports, the FIR against Akhtar – regarded as a living legend in the Hindi film industry – has been lodged at the Sindhi camp police station, Jaipur.
Moreover, reports also state that Javed Akhtar had allegedly said that the Rajput kings never actually fought against the Britishers in the last 200 years.
The complainant further alleged that the lyricist had insulted the bravery of Rajputs.
While defending director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial historical epic Padmavati on Monday, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar had made objectionable remarks against the Rajputs, who have been protesting the film’s release over its depiction of Queen Padmavati.
“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,” Akhtar had reportedly said this while talking to a news channel.
Akhtar also reportedly slammed those protesting against the film and demanding a ban on its release.
However, his remarks that Rajput rulers never fought against British evoked sharp reactions in the state.
Mahendra Singh Mewar, one of the direct descendants of Chittor ruler Rawal Ratan Singh has condemned Akhtar’s remark in an open letter.
Meanwhile, Shri Rajput Karni Sena’s state president Mahipal Singh Makrana has threatened Akhtar daring him to enter Rajasthan.
“Akthar has lost our respect. From now on he is banned in Rajasthan and if he dares we will thrash him on the streets, ” Makrana said.
“Rajputs and Rajwadas have sacrificed their lives and he is mocking our history and saying we were serving the British,” he said.
“He does not deserve ‘Padharo Mhare Des’ treatment any more. He speaks a lot in literature festivals and next time we are not going to allow him to even come to Jaipur and speak,” Makrana threatened while talking to newsmen while burning effigy of the eminent writer-poet and lyricist.
Salman Khan and Akhtar”s views are like that of prostitutes where money matters the most. Their pictures should be boycotted by all Indians.
Makrana is also the one who had threatened to chop off Deepika Padukone’s nose and ears, a few days ago.