Actors around the world, be it in Bollywood or Hollywood or any other film industry, are often posed questions about their personal views and opinions on various trending subjects happening around them. And sometimes it gets quite difficult for the actors to answer these questions on a public platform. While some have mastered the way to escape, some opt to give a fitting reply to such questions.
Recently, Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, who has worked both in Bollywood and Pakistan film industry, was asked by a journalist to comment on how there is a cultural contradiction between India and Pakistan and the way Bollywood has adopted westernisation while showcasing romance or kissing scenes on screen. But before Fawad could begin answering the question, actress Richa Chadha decided to answer the question on the actor’s behalf. The two were addressing the media at a press conference held at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Fawad Khan, who was last seen in Shakun Batra’s Kapoor & Sons, was given a special diversity award by the state special minister Gavin Jennings.
Here’s the complete transcript of the conversation.
Journalist – My question is to Mr. Fawad Khan. You’re representing a country and culture which much different from your own.
Someone interrupts to say – I don’t understand the question. How is the culture contradicting.
Journalist continues her questions – In all senses, especially Bollywood, may be the on screen romance or the kissing scenes or the cultures we have or the way India has adopted westernisation. Because I have a lot of Pakistani friends and when I speak to them, I get the sense that the two countries are different and Pakistan is a lot different from India.
Richa: I would like to answer that. Sorry i am cutting in. You know we were colonised by the British for a really long time. Its a part of the… I am sorry if I am offending anybody here, but if you look at worldwide history every time the British left an empire they divided it. Whether it was North Korea or South Korea then there was Germany. It is a part of the strategy to keep political unrest to sort off maintain a global kind of , I am sorry but your question to me doesn’t make sense because I will have far more in common with Fawad because I am from the North of India than i will have with somebody who is a tambrahm or maybe Malyaali or from the North east. I think we should avoid stereotyping in questions or creating some kind of contradiction here because the whole intent and especially art does really have any borders.
Fawad to the journalist – I think that the transition you are talking about it again has a lot to do with the silence and the wildpack generally if it goes with the trend which is now globally changing. Television has always been about ……. It is even soverign in India You will feel that the onscreen intimacy in Indian films is very different or performaces or expressions are different from what they are on Indian Television. So coming back to the same thing. I think that Pakistani television has always been on the forefront and is something that is available to the Pakistanis and all the Pakistanis around the world have similar expressions and follow a certain criteria a small part of the audiences is coming to the cinemas India is very big and there is a very big population and more or less the television ads might not be correct in the Pakistani cities. But to cater to the sensibilities that you are wanting to bring to the cinema you have to accept a little curve for them and I belive that the cinema they have copied from anywhere in the world and in India as well I think thats its just a natural cycle that Pakistani cinema is also coming from. You can comment on it further dealing another thing but rightnow it is in a baseless shape.