Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress and one of the artistes banned by the by the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) from working in India until tensions between the governments of the neighbouring countries are resolved, has shared her opinion of the same.
Khan, who is due to make her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Raees’, shared her views via a post made by another Pakistani artist Alizay Jaffer in which the latter expressed her personal experience of friendships she had made in India with those who love her irrespective and in spite of where she is from. According to��Times of India,��Jaffer stated, “It’s strange, this affinity with India. I find myself getting increasingly upset at the abuse and hatred tossed from one border to another, with little rationale apart from the 69-year-old chips on our shoulders. These chips have, over time, turned into boulders, and who doesn’t crumble under the weight of those?”
Khan’s support of the post seems to indicate the stand she is taking on the issue; elaborating on the ‘strange affinity’ that as a Pakistani she shares with India to the extent of rejoicing when a Ranbir Kapoor film is a hit or praying for Amitabh Bachchan when he is unwell.
Jaffer concluded her post on a sanguine note, “It is comforting somehow, that when I messaged one of my closest friends across the border, expressing concern over the destructive megalomaniac tendencies of our governments, he responded and said, ‘It doesn’t matter what they do, you know I will always love you’. It is comforting somehow, that in 20 years’ time, if you look away from the textbooks, and turn to your ancient scriptures or your holy books, it won’t take you long to see that since time immemorial, there is only one message they are trying to convey, only one message we should be paying attention to; and that message is Love.”
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