Farhan ‘Pakistani’ Akhtar asks troll to ‘grow a brain’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2015 14:19 IST
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar. (PTI PHOTO)

Actor Farhan Akhtar sure knows how to make heads turn, even if it is nothing about his films or his acting. After stirring a controversy of sorts with a strongly worded post on his Facebook timeline last Sunday over the recent lynching in Dadri, the actor took on a troll on Wednesday and delivered a knock-out punch every sane Indian would be proud of.

Commenting on the actor’s post on Farhan Akhtar Live, the official page of Farhan’s music band, one follower, Pratima Nithin, wrote, “Yesterday you were crying so hard for the Dadri case. Your brother has killed his kid for not wearing Burqa while eating. Any words you Pakistani Akhtar?”

Not the one to keep quiet, Farhan replied to the post thus: “Yes, I hope he rots in jail... Which he will... and I hope you grow a brain. Which I doubt you will. But all the best.”

Both the comments were later deleted from the Facebook page. However, fans discussing the troll had also commented on the post and those were not removed.

Also read: Dadri lynching has raised troubling questions on India’s ‘secularity’

Farhan shared his anguish last Sunday over Mohammed Ikhlaq, of Bisada village in Dadri, who was lynched by a mob because a rumour spread that he had eaten or stored beef. His son was also attacked and is in a critical condition. Akhtar condemned the incident in his post and how it is playing out politically. Farhan also asked people to speak out, “The point of this post is that another thing will be routine. The silence of the peace loving citizen. But this is NOT the time to remain silent. What has happened once can surely happen again and unless we, the people, do not unite in demanding immediate action, this is going to turn into a circus with all the usual suspects having a go at each other, trying to score PR points. There are serious implications if justice is not swift and exact.”

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