The brouhaha Prakash Jha’s latest movie, Aarakshan, has brought into open fissures in the Hindi film industry. Lyricist Javed Akhtar has criticised the wave of support for the movie in the film fraternity, saying it is facing such problems since it is not united and has not supported each other in the past.
In an apparent dig at actor Amitabh Bachchan who has been quite active on the social media canvassing support for the movie, he said, "Where were the tweets and statements when 'Fanaa' was banned in Gujarat and Shabana Azmi's 'Water' posters removed in 1992...’’ Both the movies were banned by some states. Bachchan later went on to be brand ambassador of Gujarat.
Bachchan had tweeted "Back from #aarakshan... Have cried at our helplessness in not making people understand that this art needs to be seen not banned!!" Producer-director Karan Johar tweeted out his support for 'Aarakshan' saying, "Cinema is a medium of expression...democracy allows the freedom of expression...is this only in theory??? And who stands accountable?? SAD."
The movie has generated a great deal of heat because of its controversial content. It deals with reservation, a serious issue in a caste-centric country. Three states — Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh — have already banned it anticipating caste flare-up. And the Bollywood chatterati is on the overdrive criticising the attitude of the governments concerned.
Akhtar said, "They didn't stand then... No media support, nothing.... I condemn what's happening with 'Aarakshan' but they are paying a price for being quiet at that time."
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Updated Date: Aug 12, 2011 23:12:20 IST