Demonetisation: Spending capacity of people hit, says Javed Akhtar

On the Opposition stalling business in Parliament, he replied that when he was MP too there were frequent adjournments.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published:November 26, 2016 4:09 am
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Noted lyricist and former Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar said the spending capacity of people had been hit due to demonetisation. When asked if the government’s move had hit the Hindi film industry, he said, “”We, in the Hindi film industry have no problem because all the transactions are carried out in cheques,” he said.

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On the Opposition stalling business in Parliament, he replied that when he was MP too there were frequent adjournments. “What you see is the floor. What you don’t get to see are the standing committees and advisory committees where people don’t talk on party lines and work in a very closely towards formulating laws of the land,” he said.

Akhtar also expressed his displeasure towards the present day music.

“Now is a particular phase when Western music influence is a bit too prominent, but this too will pass. The present day’s music is predominantly meant for the clubs. In today’s music,

I don’t like the noise. Orchestra has become more important than the composition and words. I don’t think the present day musicians too are very happy with this but they are catering to the demand of the market,” he said.