BJP MLA Ram Kadam has started a movement to boycott filmmaker Javed Akhtar regarding a statement he had made about extremists.

On Friday, Akhtar had told NDTV that it is time for supporters of the VHP and the RSS to introspect. “I think people who support organisations like the RSS, VHP or Bajrang Dal need to do some introspection. Of course, Taliban are reprehensible… they are barbarians. But the people whom you are supporting, how are they different from them [the Taliban],” he said.

“If Taliban’s ideology existed here, could he have made such statements? The answer to this question shows how hollow his [Akhtar’s] remarks are,” the MLA said.

“Until he apologises to the devoted members of the Sangh with joined hands, we won’t allow any of his films to be screened in the land of Ma Bharti,” Kadam added.

“Javed Akhtar’s unfortunate statement is an insult not only to the Sangh, crores of Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists and crores of people around the world who believe in this ideology!” said a caption that went along with his statement.

During the 25-minute conversation, Akhtar said some people in India want segregation in society and that he saw an “uncanny resemblance” between the Taliban and people “who want to be like Taliban”.

The caption accompanying Kadam’s video on Twitter said no film of Akhtar or that of his family members will be screened unless he apologises to workers of the Sangh and the VHP.

Filmmaker and lyricist, Javed Akhtar, renowned for his work in countless movies in Bollywood, has now ensured that the security around his abode in Mumbai is amped up.

Ram Kadam is an Indian former social activist and politician, currently belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been elected MLA for the Ghatkopar West Vidhan Sabha constituency in 2009, 2014, and 2019.

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