Veteran screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar has addressed the recent uproar sparked by filmmaker Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s reaction to his veiled critique of Animal, featuring Ranbir Kapoor. In an interview with Mojo Story, Javed emphasized that while Sandeep has the creative liberty to produce films like Animal, he pointed out that the director has not identified any shortcomings in his extensive 53-year film career.

“I was not criticising the filmmaker at all. I think in a democratic society, he has the right to make one Animal, and many Animals. I was concerned about the audience, not about the filmmaker. He has the right to make any film,” said Javed Akhtar. In the same interview, the lyricist and writer, despite not having seen the film, acknowledged Sandeep’s right to valorize characters, as protected by the Constitution. However, his concern was directed towards the millions who celebrated it.


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