Don’t need to prove my patriotism to anybody: Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah said: "My name is Naseeruddin Shah and I believe that's why I was targeted."

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:October 14, 2015 6:34 pm
Naseeruddin Shah, Naseeruddin Shah movies, actor Naseeruddin Shah, Naseeruddin Shah news, Naseeruddin Shah latest news, Naseeruddin Shah upcoming movies, entertainment news Naseeruddin Shah, who was trolled on Twitter for his comments during the book launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, today said he does not need to justify his patriotism to anyone.

Naseeruddin Shah, who was trolled on Twitter for his comments during the book launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, today said he does not need to justify his patriotism to anyone.

The 66-year-old actor said he was left “dejected” with the way the incident was reported as the “pertinent points” raised by other intellectuals who were present at the event was ignored but what he said was picked on and “misstatements” were made.

“My name is Naseeruddin Shah and I believe that’s why I was targeted. If it had been something else, perhaps what I said wouldn’t have made so much news…,” Shah told India Today TV.

“The hate mongers are unfortunately having a field day and they are in a position that their voices can be heard. They are in a position to manipulate news. I do not need to justify anything. I do not need to prove my patriotism to anybody,” he added.

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According to the actor, he did not understand how anything said in praise of Pakistan can be anti-national.

“I only received love and regards when I’ve been to Pakistan… As if that is an anti-national statement, I do not understand why anything said as a compliment to Pakistan must be construed as anti-Indian.

“If I say that Imran Khan is a great cricketer, does that imply that Sunil Gavaskar is not?”

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    Sirius
    Oct 15, 2015 at 11:29 am
    Mr. Shah has raised an important point that he has received only warmth in our neighbor country. Could that be also related to his name being what it is ? And, when he performed there, did he realize that , amongst his local co-actors and stage hands, there was nobody from 'minority' of that country ? Did he question his hosts on that observation of his, or, omitted it in interest of maintaining 'warmth' towards himself ? It seems such questions can only be asked in India which has an ' intolerant ' atmosphere of public discourse dominated by 'hate-mongers' in position of maniting news ...
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      Pat
      Oct 15, 2015 at 2:50 am
      Where were you when so many mumbaikars were killed during multiple terrorists attacks? You eat earn and sput venom on indian soil in order to supoort isis s, shame on you and bhatt.
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