‘Aamir Khan, A Muslim, In Mahabharata’: Javed Akhtar Responds To Trolls

Aamir Khan’s ambitious adaptation of the Mahabharata has galvanised trolls into action, in turning prompting writer Javed Akhtar to get involved. Aamir’s magnum opus, which might be made in several parts, has been making headlines recently after reports that the film (or films) could be co-produced by industrialist Mukesh Ambani. Aamir’s Mahabharata is very much in the planning-ideating stage as of now and almost no details – except that the 53-year-old actor considers it his ‘dream’ project and the budget is allegedly a whopping Rs. 1,000 crore – are available. Equally unclear is what role Aamir Khan intends to play in the film (or series) – speculation says Krishna or Karna. And this has not gone down well with certain sections of Twitter because, wait for it, Aamir is Muslim.

It began with a tweet from a troll (who appears to be a Frenchman living in India) two days ago which read: “Why should Aamir Khan, a Muslim, play in most ancient and sacred of Hindu epics, the Mahabharata? Would Muslims allow a Hindu to play life of Mohamed?” The tweet also asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was going to “be like the Congress and just stand by in the name of secularism.”

Javed Akhtar was incensed by the post and lashed out in the comments thread, asking “I would like to know which foreign agency is paying you to spread this kind of perverse and poisonous thoughts in our country…You obviously you know nothing about our Indian traditions and culture.”

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