Vastavam web: Veteran screenwriter Javed Akhtar today warned “bigots” to be wary of communalising the Indian film industry, which he termed as “the citadel of secularism”.The 73-year-old lyricist-writer’s comments come after India-based French journalist Francois Gautier had responded to reports of a planned on-screen adaptation of Mahabharat, in which Aamir Khan could possibly play Krishna, highlighting the Bollywood star’s religion.
“I had joined film industry in 1965 on a salary of 50 rupees per month. In these 53 years not for a second I have experienced or even seen any communal bias in our industry.Gautier had tweeted, “Why should @AamirKhan, a Muslim, play in most ancient & sacred of Hindu epics, the Mahabharata? Is @BJP4India Govt of @narendramodi going to be like the @INCIndia & just stand by in name of secularism??? Would Muslims allow a Hindu to play life of Mohamed?”
Akhtar had earlier slammed the journalist for behaving like a PR machine, calling him “clueless” about Indian history and films.