Kangana Ranaut, Javed Akhtar, Swara Bhasker and others condemn ‘barbaric’ attack on novelist Salman Rushdie

Hindi film celebrities such as Javed Akhtar, Kangana Ranaut and Swara Bhasker have slammed the attack on famed novelist Salman Rushdie, calling it an “appalling” and “barbaric” act.

Rushdie, 75, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man on stage at a literary event in upstate New York on Friday. The author is currently on a ventilator with a damaged liver and may lose one of his eyes.

Police are working with the FBI and local authorities to determine the motive.

Famous writer and lyricist Akhtar said he hoped strong action would be taken against the attacker.

“I condemn the barbaric attack on Salman Rushdie by a fanatic. I hope the NYPD and the court will take the strongest possible action against the attacker,” he said in a Twitter post. .

The controversial Mumbai-born author, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing ‘The Satanic Verses’ in 1988, was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident identified as Hadi Matar on stage Friday while featured at the Chautauqua Institution event in Western New York.

Sharing a new post about the attack on her Instagram Stories, Ranaut said she was shocked beyond words.

“Another day, another appalling act by the jihadists. The Satanic Verses is one of the greatest books of its time…I am shaken beyond words…Appalling (sic),” wrote the actor.

Bhasker called the attack “shameful” and “despicable”.

“Thoughts & prayers for #SalmanRushdie. Shameful, condemnable & despicable this attack! #SalmanRushdieStabbed,” she wrote.

In a Twitter post, filmmaker Onir shared his concerns about the threats artists are facing around the world.

“Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on #SalmanRushdie. The artist and his voice are under grave threat from religious extremists around the world. Support #SalmanRushdie,” he tweeted.

Filmmaker Gauravv K Chawla, best known for directing ‘Baazaar’, directed by Saif Ali Khan, commented on a journalist’s article and said, “Crazy people have really taken over the world!”

Actor Ranvir Shorey responded to Chawla’s post and called the attacker a “predator”.

“They’re not boobies. They go for the neck. They’re predators (sic),” Shorey said.

Rushdie, who won the Booker Prize for “Midnight’s Children,” was airlifted from a field adjacent to the ward to a hospital in northwestern Pennsylvania where he underwent surgery.

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