Actor Naseeruddin Shah, who will be seen in Charlie Ke Chakkar Mein next, was trolled on Twitter in what appeared to be pro-Pakistan comments. The actor was speaking at the book launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai, and after the recent defaming of columnist and Observer Research Foundation (ORF) chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni by political activists. The Shiv Sena had protested the book launch of Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove and smudged the face of Kulkarni with black ink.
Naseeruddin Shah was trending on Twitter, after he made a remark about Pakistan being welcoming to Indian artistes. “I wish we could have accorded Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri the kind of welcome I received when I visited Lahore. I would only like tell hate-mongers and those who prefer confrontation over debate and discussion that they look for the differences between India and Pakistan rather than the similarities,” he said in a no-nonsense manner.
There is nothing wrong in what the veteran actor is saying, we feel. He is only making a point that banning or defaming artistes is not the solution. But Twitterati did not spare him, and reminded him of his character in powerful film A Wednesday where he teaches terrorists a lesson in his own way. But another Twitter user reminded fans that Shah had played a terrorist artist in Aamir Khan’s movie Sarfarosh.
One Gaurav Pradhan also said that if Pakistan stopped the event of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, why couldn’t India stop the book launch of Kasuri.
Shah also said,” It’s very easy to express displeasure. It takes immense courage to do what Mr Kulkarni did today.” What do you think? Was Naseeruddin Shah justified in putting across his point?