Mumbai: Actor Kangana Ranaut is known to call a spade a spade and Shabana Azmi-Javed Akhtar found out the hard way.

The husband-wife had posted on social media about turning down an invitation by the Karachi Arts Council in the wake of the Pulwama attacks. However, the Manikarnika star called out their ruse by questioning why the couple wanted to go to the event in the first place as Pakistani artists were banned after the Uri attacks. 

According to a DNA report, she said, "People like Shabana Azmi calling for a halt on cultural exchange - they are the ones who promote Bharat Tere Tukde Honge gangs... Why did they organise an event in Karachi in the first place when Pakistani artists have been banned after Uri attacks? And now they are trying to save face? The film industry is full of such anti-nationals who boost enemies' morals in many ways, but right now is the time to focus on decisive actions... Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is."

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Meanwhile, Azmi has reacted to Ranaut's statement saying, "You really think at a time like this a personal attack on me can be of any significance when the entire country stands as one in our grief and in condemning this dastardly Pulwama attack? May God bless her.”

However, this is not the first time the couple has been accused of such allegations. Ranaut had previously called them out for staying mum on the #MeToo issue. Azmi and Akhtar were also trolled when they shared an image of themselves posing with student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, whom she called "hope" in the caption.