New Delhi, Mar 23: Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar on Thursday hit out at columnist Francois Gautier who raised a question on the feasibility of having “Aamir Khan, a Muslim, play (a part) in most ancient and sacred of Hindu epics, the Mahabharata”. Also Read - Ira Khan Opens Up About Suffering Slip Disc at 19, Says 'I Cry in Gym, Can't Get Off Chair'
As soon as trade Analyst Ramesh Bala reported that Aamir Khan and Mukesh Ambani are all set to co-produce a ‘Mahabharata’ film series with a whopping budget of over Rs. 1,000 crore, Gautier posted,”Why should Aamir Khan, a Muslim, play in most ancient & sacred of Hindu epics, the Mahabharata?” Also Read - Viral Video: Anushka Sharma Auditions For Aamir Khan Starrer 3 Idiots | Watch Here
“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. Also Read - Javed Akhtar Defamation Case: Mumbai Court Reserves Order on Kangana Ranaut's Plea
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.