Ahead of the release of his ‘Sadak 2’, Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt has gone viral on social media over his appearance in an old video that shows him praising the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
Bhatt is heard saying that he lauds the ‘Imaan’ of Naik that helps him to stay strong and oppose Imperialistic powers. Bhatt is speaking in reference to the ban on entry into the United Kingdom that was imposed on Naik in 2010.
“At the onset, let me salute Dr Zakir Naik for daring to lock horns with the mighty British Empire… I salute his audacity and arrogance which comes from his Imaan. I am proud that we have an Indian here who is strong enough to oppose the big powers,” Bhatt is heard as saying.
Another video of Bhatt shows him attending a Peace conference and saying that he would love to make a film on Naik’s life, provided the preacher gave him the permission.
Bhatt and his family have been in social media’s crosshairs following the death by suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and the nepotism in Bollywood debate that it spawned.
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