Twitter battles are now common between celebrities. The latest twitter battle that is trending is between Shekhar Kapur and Javed Akhtar.

On Sunday, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur put out a tweet about his life, saying that he started as a refugee of Partition, and has always lived his life in the fear of ‘intellectuals’ who have made him feel small and insignificant.

Though Kapur did not spell out the context of his tweet, many Twitter users took the comment as a response to a group of bulbous public figures speaking out this week in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on religious intolerance.

After the Kapur’s tweet, Screenwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is known for articulating his opinions without disinclination, reacted strongly to Kapur’s tweet. In a series of replies to the post, he asked, “Who are these intellectuals who embraced you and you found that embrace like a snake’s bite? Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopal Krishna, Ram chandra Guha? Really?” Akhtar then added, “Shekhar saheb you are not well. You need help. Come on, there is no shame in meeting a good psychiatrist.”

Shekhar Kapur frequently has enunciated support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration while Javed Akhtar has been a vociferous critic of the government. Well, we will have to wait and see, how long will this banter continue.

 


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