Friday January 24, 2020

Javed Akhtar Feels Banning of Indian Content in Pakistan Wrong

The event was organised by the Mijwan Welfare Society

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Javed Akhtar. Wikimedia

Veteran poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar says that restricting art in the name of culture damage is wrong and such things should not happen, neither in Pakistan nor India.

During a media interaction, Akhtar took issue with the recent controversy sparked by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar stating that the Supreme Court will not allow Indian content to be shown on Pakistani TV channels as it “damages their culture.”

Javed Akhtar said: “This is all wrong, there shouldn’t be any such talks coming from here, neither from there, as well.

“There are so many good serials which come from there (Pakistan) and they should be able to telecast here but they don’t, and our good programmes should be able to telecast there, and why should not they telecast over there and which culture is getting damaged? Neither their’s, nor our culture could get damaged.”

Javed Akhtar along with his wife Shabana Azmi. Wikimedia

Akhtar said that statements like these are wrong and the path of art should not be restricted.

“These are just talks and people keep on jabbering about something or the other, someone does not want Ghulam Ali to come to India, and people from Pakistan keep on saying something else, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle haven’t been able to go to Pakistan.

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“In India people don’t want Pakistani artistes, this is all wrong. As far as art and culture is concerned, whether people from Pakistan or from India, every avenue and path should be open for it.”

The event was organised by the Mijwan Welfare Society. (IANS)

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“I feel that I still have to do a lot of work,” Says Veteran Writer-Lyricist Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar attended a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai

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Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar says he still has to do a lot of work. Wikimedia Commons

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar beams with energy at the age of 75 and says he still has to do a lot of work.

“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me. I feel I have earned love of friends. I feel that I still have to do a lot of work. I can do a lot of things. I can write much more poetry, lyrics and scripts. I can associate myself with causes in which I believe in. I can speak my mind at different panel discussions, so that I can bring in change in people’s mindset,” said Akhar, at a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai.

Javed Akhtar
“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me,” says Javed Akhtar. Wikimedia Commons

Akhtar, who has been active in the film industry for nearly five decades now, said: “Every human being goes through good and bad, happy and sad times in his life. I feel people have to look at their grand total, and if you keep cribbing about your past then there is no use. If your grand total is correct and if you are happy with it, then you will feel happy.”

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Asked Akhtar what his kids had gifted him on his birthday, he said: “He (Farhan) has gifted me a really nice brown watch, so whenever I wear a brown kurta then I wear that watch. Zoya also gifts me things whenever she returns from her international trips but I feel she is the biggest gift of mine. What else I can ask for?”

Celebrities including Zoya Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Sudhir Mishra, Divya Dutta, and Riteish Deshmukh attended the photo-exhibition. (IANS)