Lyricist Javed Akhtar and Raveena Tandon have strongly reacted to the news of re-opening of liquor and paan stores in green zones. MHA had announced the same along with an extension of lockdown for two more weeks from May 4. Raveena Tandon opposed the opening of paan shops and expressed displeasure in a Tweet that read, “Yaaay for paan/gutka shops! Excellent, the spitting starts again! Wonderful!!”
On the other hand Javed Akhtar, who has always been very vocal about his views on social media, stated that opening of liquor shops could have ‘disastrous results’. “Opening liquor shops during the lock down will only bring disastrous results . In any case according to all the surveys nowadays domestic Violence has increased to a large extent .liquor will make these days even more dangerous of for women and children,” Javed Akhtar posted on Twitter.
And when one social media user expressed that it looked like Javed Akhtar had quit drinking, the lyricist replied, “30th July 1991was the last day of my drinking.”