Saif Ali Khan sparked controversy recently on the ‘existence of India.’ He was recently asked about politics being altered in ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ (2020). The star told journalist Anupama Chopra, “I don’t think there was a concept of India till perhaps the British gave it one. I don’t think there is any constructive point in arguing about loudly, provided you know why you’re doing it.”
Following his comments and during a recent interaction with ZEE News, Kangana Ranaut was asked about Khan’s statement, reports DNA India. she stated, “This is not true. If there was no Bharat then what was Mahabharat? That 5,000-year-old text that was written, what was it? What did Ved Vyas write? Some people have just created these narratives that suit them. Sri Krishna was in Mahabharat. So there was a Bharat, that’s why it was mahaan (great). All the kings of India came together to fight that war. So it’s natural…”
She added, “You see even Europe has these small nations. But these had a collective identity, that’s why Sri Krishna went to all these places with Pandavas and the Kauravas, to ask them who will be a part of the war.”
Khan did also say to Chopra, “For some reason, I didn’t take a stand… maybe next time I would. I was very excited to play the role because it’s a delicious role. But when people say this is history; I don’t think this is history. I am quite aware of what the history was.”
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