Veteran Bollywood actor and director Naseeruddin Shah has expressed displeasure over having to show his Indian citizenship.
In an interview with The Wire, he talked in regards to the ongoing protests in India in opposition to controversial citizenship legal guidelines, the rise of communalism and Bollywood’s high weapons’ silence.
Shah requested why his passport, voter’s ID, driver’s licence and identification card weren’t sufficient proof of his citizenship.
“I don’t have a beginning certificates. I can not produce one. Does that imply we’re all going to be excluded? I don’t want any reassurances that Muslims don’t have to be frightened. I’m not frightened. If residing right here (in India) for 70 years doesn’t show me to be an Indian, I don’t know what does. I’m not afraid, I’m not anxious, I’m indignant,” Shah mentioned.
He additionally lauded India’s youth which has raised a powerful voice in opposition to injustice. “Even within the movie trade, the youthful actors and administrators have risen in opposition to this regulation,” he added.
The Ishqiya actor appreciated Deepika Padukone popping out in public to indicate solidarity with college students though she had loads to lose.
Naseeruddin Shah’s household have been within the ranks of the Military and directors within the Indian authorities at totally different occasions. He mentioned that he by no means felt that being a Muslim was a handicap however now he’s reminded of his identification on a regular basis and it’s worrying.
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remedy of scholars and intellectuals, he mentioned that it’s not shocking as a result of the premier has by no means been a scholar himself, he lacks empathy and compassion in the direction of them.