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Farhan Akhtar Reacts To The ‘Love  Jihad’ Murder

Farhan Akhtar

The brutal daylight murder  of a man in Rajasthan in the name of ‘love jihad’ has shocked the nation, none more so  than filmmaker-actor-singer Farhan Akhtar who is too appalled to think straight.

Says Farhan, “I’m reeling after seeing the man being murdered in Rajasthan. How can we all move on with our lives after seeing the video clip of the man being mercilessly murdered and burnt? It is  disturbing and horrific, more so because apparently the 14-year old relative of  the alleged culprit video-recorded the  whole event. How  can we move on with  our  lives after seeing something like this?How and when have we allowed things to get so bad where human life is  of no consequence?”

  Farhan  feels  it  it’s time the   entertainment  industry spoke  up. “It’s really not enough anymore to say one is here only to entertain and not reform society. That’s  just an escapist attitude.The celebrity status comes with a responsibility.”

However  Farhan feels to each  his own. “I really wouldn’t want to comment on what others do  or should do. I can only speak for myself. To me it is very important to be a socially responsible citizen.”

More  importantly Farhan feels it is important to tap the goodness within. “It’s very important to try to be the best human being that one can be.That doesn’t mean you try to be or do things that you are not.  Everyone makes mistakes. I am quite certain I’ve made my share of mistakes. But the important thing is to TRY and do the right thing. To remember that the public’s eyes are on us all the time.So  try to be on your best behaviour as much as possible.One may not always succeed.But there is much to be said in favour of a  sincere attempt to do the right thing.”

For now after the barbaric  incident in Rajasthan , Farhan has put all celebration on  hold. “We as a nation have a lot to answer for.And until I get some answers I’ve no appetite for any kind of celebration . Because  the fact is,we’re witnessing the end  of  humanity. And each time an incident like this happens  a  part  of us is dying with the  victim.We  can’t escape.”

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