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Javed Akhtar slams support for 'Aarakshan'

Aug 12, 2011 03:54 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: Noted Lyricist Javed Akhtar lashed out at the film fraternity on Friday for coming out in support of Prakash Jha's 'Aarakshan' which has been banned in some states. He said that the society itself was divided and only reacted when they themselves face problems. He also said that the fraternity is facing such problems since it is not united and has not supported each other in the past.

Akhtar also pointed out that earlier no one supported films like 'Fanaa' and 'Water', which were banned in some states.

"Where were the tweets and statements when 'Fanaa' was banned in Gujarat and Shabana Azmi's 'Water' posters removed in 1992... 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."

Akhtar's reaction came after a flurry of Bollywood stars condenmed the ban on the movie.

Amitabh Bachchan had tweeted on a social networking site "Back from #aarakshan... Have cried at our helplessness in not making people understand that this art needs to be seen not banned!!"

Karan Johar also tweeted in support of 'Aarkashan' saying, "Cinema is a medium of expression...democracy allows the freedom of expression...is this only in theory??? And who stands accountable?? SAD."

'Aarakshan', starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, has been banned in Uttar Pradesh. An interim ban has been called on the movie in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.