Another person to jump into Padmavati controversy is veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar, who allegedly insulted the bravery of Rajputs. According to reports, the FIR against Akhtar has been lodged at the Sindhi camp police station, Jaipur.
Reportedly, Javed Akhtar had allegedly said that the Rajput kings never actually fought against the Britishers in the last 200 years. Defending director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial historical epic Padmavati, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar had made certain objectionable remarks against the Rajputs, who have been protesting the film’s release claiming that it wrongly portrays the 13th-century queen of Chittor.
Akhtar said, “The Rajputs and the Rajwadas never fought against the British and now they are taking to the streets against a film and a filmmaker. All these ‘ranas’ ‘rajas’ and ‘maharajas’ of Rajasthan were serving in the courts of the British for 200 years. Where did their Rajput honour and valour go that time? They have become what they are since they had accepted to serve the British.”
Akhtar also slammed people who are protesting against the film and demanding a ban on its release.
Mahendra Singh Mewar, one of the direct descendants of Chittor ruler Rawal Ratan Singh has condemned Akhtar’s remark in an open letter.
Even Shri Rajput Karni Sena’s state president Mahipal Singh Makrana has threatened Akhtar daring him to enter Rajasthan. He said, “Akthar has lost our respect. From now on he is banned in Rajasthan and if he dares we will thrash him on the streets. Rajputs and Rajwadas have sacrificed their lives and he is mocking our history and saying we were serving the British.”
“He does not deserve ‘Padharo Mhare Des’ treatment anymore. He speaks a lot of literature festivals and next time we are not going to allow him to even come to Jaipur and speak,” he added.