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Javed Akhtar lashes out at colleague Shekhar Kapur over tweet on 'fear of intellectuals'

Kapur, who is known to be an ardent supporter of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, took to social media to comment that he feels like a refugee in India even decades after the Partition.

July 30, 2019 / 10:44 AM IST

Days after 49 renowned personalities of the media industry got together to write an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the rampant lynching of Muslims, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur tweeted that he is scared of 'snake-like' intellectuals.

Kapur, who is known to be an ardent supporter of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, took to the social media platform to comment that he feels like a refugee in India even decades after the Partition.

Though he did not mention any specific context for the tweet, several users began referring to the letter written by 49 celebrities to the Prime Minister on the rising religious intolerance, and the increasing use of the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as a war cry.

Irked by Kapur's comment that he is afraid of intellectuals, lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is known to be vocal about social issues and is an open critic of the government, fired a salvo of tweets at the filmmaker on Sunday, July 28.


The letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by 49 renowned personalities included the likes of filmmaker Aparna Sen and historian Ramachandra Guha.

Shortly thereafter, another group of 62 celebrities including adman Prasoon Joshi and actress Kangana Ranaut wrote an open letter in which it dissed the first letter, calling it selective and biased.

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Interestingly, neither Javed Akhtar nor Shekhar Kapur was a signatory to either letter.
Jagyaseni Biswas
first published: Jul 30, 2019 10:44 am

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