Filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan has defended music composer Vishal Dadlani and has extended her support to him over his controversial comment on Jain monk, Tarun Sagar.
Vishal Dadlani had created an uproar with his tweet against Jain monk Tarun Sagar, who was invited by the Haryana government to deliver a lecture in the Harayana Assembly on Friday.
He tweeted: “It feels bad that I hurt my Jain friends & my friends @ArvindKejriwal & @SatyendarJain. I hereby quit all active political work/affiliation. I apologise again, to the Jain Community, & all others offended. But I beg you all not to support religion in governance, for India’s sake.”.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 27, 2016
Farah had worked with Dadlani for many films. Vishal Dadlani along with Shekhar Ravjiani had composed the music for three of Farah’s directorial projects. Vishal even made a cameo appearance in her film ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Tees Maar Khan’.
At a press conference for the Indian Television Academy, she is quoted as saying, “As a friend, I support Vishal in each and every way. If we say our country is a democratic country then people should have the freedom to say what they want to.”
Dadlani later deleted his offensive tweet and appologised for hurting sentiments of a particular section of the society. The 43- year-old singer appologised by saying that, “made a mistake by offending the peaceful Jain community”.
My open apology to Muni Shri Tarun Sagar Ji, and the Jain community at large. Michhami Dukkadam. Please read.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) September 1, 2016
Dadlani appologised the Jain monk in an open letter, where he made an attempt to clarify his intentions. He explained that his motive was to criticise the merger of religion and politics, and not the monk himself.