Actress Shabana Azmy has asked trolls to relax after expressing their displeasure with her poet husband Javed Akhtar over politician Shashi Tharoor. Shashi surprised his Twitter followers on Monday by sharing a video of him singing Kishore Kumar’s Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se at an event. Javed mocked his pronunciation of some Hindi words.
In response to Shashi’s video, Shabana tweeted, “Shashi! That’s cute.” She wrote in a follow-up message, “And all these trolls are feeling cold. Shashi Tharoor is a good friend and Javed’s remark was just a joke!”
While sharing his video clip of him singing a classic Hindi song, Shashi said he was “unrealized and whimsical”. “After the cultural program presented by Doordarshan Srinagar to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, I was persuaded to sing to the members. Unaware and amateurs but have fun!” he wrote.
Javid, in response to the tweet, wrote: “Wow! We have almost the same song in Hindi too.”
This isn’t the first time Shabana has come to Javid’s defense. Last year, after a Twitter user noted that he was not the recipient of the 2020 Richard Dawkins Prize but only one of the nominees, she called it an ‘unreasonable claim’.
In response to a WhatsApp screenshot shared on Twitter, which claimed Javed missed his nomination for a real victory and announced the news, Shabana wrote: “That’s totally untrue! We have an email from Richard Dawkins on June 5 offering the award and also from Robin Bluner who heads the Center Inquiry USA. I feel sad for these pathetic trolls who don’t care that they will stand exposed in seconds for such a preposterous claim.”
See also: Javed Akhtar mocks Hindi Shashi Tharoor as he sings Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se at the event. Watch
Shabana was recently seen in the Disney + Hotstar historical fiction series, The Empire, which follows the rise of the Mughal Empire. The series also stars Kunal Kapoor, Drashti Dami, Dino Morea and Rahul Dev.
Shabana will next appear in a short film titled Sheer Qorma, in which she stars alongside Divya Dutta and Swara Bhasker. Same-Sex Love Story, directed by Faraz Arif Ansari, has been shown in many film festivals globally, but it is not yet released in India.