Published On: Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016

I feel very special in Pakistan: Naseeruddin Shah


Naseeruddin Shah

Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah was regretful when he returned to his country after a successful tour to Pakistan at the hostility towards Pakistan prevalent in his home country.

The veteran Naseeruddin Shah was in Pakistan in February to endorse his book And then one day: A Memoir. He moreover beauty the Lahore Literary Festival and organized a theater workshop at the Karachi Arts Council to a crowd.

Shah stated in an interview to an Indian site, “It is tragic that often-time performers from Pakistan are prevented from performing in this country. In recent times, there was a very disturbing example of a Pakistani artiste’s work being destroyed in Ahmedabad. But they welcome us in Pakistan with open arms.”

He emphasized on the requirement to keep political disparities amid the two countries out-of-the-way. He added “I keep going to Pakistan because I feel it is very important to have a person-to-person contact. We can’t afford to be swayed by all the political rhetoric. Politicians will change colors whenever it suits them. Indians are being brainwashed into believing Pakistan to be the enemy country without being aware of the historical background.”

He additionally stated that Indians watch further than the political hostility. “I’d make a very powerful appeal for that. And this has nothing at all to with my being Muslim. What can we probably gain from this form of ragging that we practice in opposition to Pakistan? It is a bully’s way of asserting himself. They are next door neighbors.”

He was explaining about the love for Indians in Pakistan, “The calamity of the political split amid the two countries is symbolical. It must go. That would never occur until we tour to Pakistan more often and intermingle with the local people. There is a big deal of inquisitiveness and respect in Pakistan for what India has gained.”

He continued that “They love me categorically in Pakistan. They are nuts regarding our stars such as Salman and Shah Rukh. But I also sense a differential affection in Pakistan for the actor like me, Om Puri and Farooq Sheikh. I feel very special in Pakistan.”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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