Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has finally open up after a long silence, in a open letter on DailyO he has expressed his thoughts about various issues related with his acting methodology, film industry, ban on Pakistani actors and atmosphere in India today.
He said “Actors talk too much nowadays. Maybe it is do with the fact that contemporary Hindi films are a big, long picnic. So, it does not make much sense to talk about my journey – running away from home, joining the National School of Drama (NSD) in Delhi to studying acting at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.”
“I think holding an elaborate retrospective of all my bad films would be perfect. And believe me, there are many films that can be included – Tridev, to start with.”
He also pointed the hypocrisy of ‘ban wagon’ who make a lot of noise just to get heard : “Don’t the people realise that the former treat them with contempt? They know the masses will accept nonsense that will be fed to them. Have you not seen Shivaay or Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? People will keep abusing such films, but still stand outside cinema halls to grab a ticket. Such a hopeless situation!”
Disappointed by craven act of Karan Johar on ADHM
Shah expressed his disappointment with Karan Johar after he apologiesed and bow down against the ‘ban wagon’ to give them extorted money instead of standing stiff.
“It was really craven of Karan Johar to apologise and give in to the extortion demand when it came to Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
It is so annoying that anyone supporting art across barriers should invite questions over his/her patriotism. When it comes to terrorism, the problem lies with the political and military establishment on the other side of the border, and not the ordinary Pakistani.”
He asked if government really has a problem with Pakistan then why don’t they break all the ties and finish everything for all instead of targeting the soft corners like bollywood?
“By the way, if India’s political establishment has such a problem with Pakistan, why not snap all diplomatic relations and stop all business transactions with that country? None of that has happened, right? Why target only artists? Just because they can be hounded easily?”
Dissent voices are labelled as anti-national
Shah said its upsetting how a section of people will label your voice as treason just because you do not agree with their patriarchal thoughts.
“Saying anything has suddenly become so dangerous. Not only because we Indians are a touchy lot who take ourselves too seriously and can be offended at the slightest provocation, but also for other reasons. Look at all the uproar over Pakistani film actors working in Indian film industry. So disgusting! The whole issue was uncalled for and unnecessary.”
Why I called Rajesh Khanna as mediocrity of Bollywood
Naseeruddin Shah explains why he think yesteryear Super Star Rajesh Khanna was a poor actor.
“Now let’s come to my statement on Twitter wherein I called Rajesh Khanna a poor actor. First things first – I never took that statement back.
Yes, I did apologise to the family for hurting their feelings. However, what I don’t really get is the reaction of those who are in no way related to the deceased actor. They seem to be more disturbed than even Dimple Khanna. And what respect are we talking about? What respect did the industry have for him when he ceased to be a moneymaking machine for the producers? He was all-alone in his last years, no?”
Frankly, I am too tired of discussions that revolve around “what is a good film”. The only thing that matters is truthful cinema. A David Dhawan film’s aim is to make you laugh, and you know that. If the movie manages to do that, it is a good one. Period.
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