Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar who had been supporting 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur and criticized cricketer Virender Sehwag had taken back his words. His tweet, slamming Mr Sehwag as “If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but what’s wrong with some educated folks” was slammed by many people including filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.
Madhur Bhandarkar, took to Twitter to take a dig at Akhtar’s comment by saying he maybe 6th Class fail but nobody can stop him from expressing his opinion. “Sir Lack of education has nothing to do with freedom of expression. I am a 6th fail student; still, nobody can stop me from expressing my views.”
Later, Sehwag, in his tweets, had defended himself, saying that his social media post in reply to Kaur was an "attempt to be facetious" rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion, adding that agreement or disagreement was not even a factor.
In his Latest tweet, Javed Akhtar clarified saying “Since Sehwag undoubtedly a great player has clarified he was just being facetious n is not anti Gurmehar I take back my rather harsh words.”