People are overreacting when they talk about intolerance, it’s always been there: Saif Ali Khan at Express Adda

Intolerance in India is nothing new, Saif Ali Khan said at Express Adda.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 19, 2017 12:08 am
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Actor Saif Ali Khan on Tuesday said people are overreacting when they talk about intolerance and this kind of thing has been happening in India for a long time. In conversation with The Indian Express Deputy Editor Seema Chishti at the Express Adda in Mumbai, the actor said: “It’s nothing new. The voices that you hear, I think, because of social media have become easy to hear but they have always been there.”

Saif not only answered all questions lobbed at him, he did it with panache and empathy. Asked about India turning more right wing, he said: “Things are changing. Everything is becoming a little more right-wing. But that’s not happening only in India, it’s happening across the world.” He went on to narrate an incident in Paris restaurant where he was having dinner with an Italian filmmaker. “We started chatting. After a few minutes he said, ‘Oh! You are a Muslim?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ he replied, “Don’t tell anyone!” I kind of smiled and thought that this is the prevalent attitude now. I feel it less in my own country than in some places abroad,” the actor said.

Speaking about intolerance and people returning awards, Saif said nationalism in India today is natural. “People have been saying that I should give my award back but I don’t agree with that. If someone is unhappy with the institution and wants to return his or her award, it’s great. Maybe it was a publicity thing… I honestly don’t know.”

Saif said he felt we were in an exciting time when it comes to development and a form of nationalism is very natural at this stage. “Sometimes what goes alongside nationalism is to find something to fight against. That forms a nation together. We just have to be aware that these are the things happening. In fact, it’s been lot less violent and intolerant than many western countries in the same situations,” he said.

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Saif, who recently had a son, Taimur Ali Khan, with wife Kareena Kapoor Khan, spoke on how the west went through its phase of uber-nationalism and developed into a more civil society. “We are still developing and finding our identity… Everything can’t be judged by the same standard. We have modernised due to television and fashion coming in but in our thinking we are still years behind the west. They also went through their times of insane nationalism. They finally came out of it and look more sorted today. So, maybe we also need to go through this. Maybe, we need to stir things up. People need to express their opinions and then get into trouble for that. And one day eventually, find a level. And we are doing that right now,” he said.

Check out some pictures from the Express Adda event with Saif Ali Khan.

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From nepotism to National Awards and intolerance, the actor took up all the questions trained at him. Speaking on the controversy over Akshay Kumar winning the Best Actor National Award for his film Airlift, Saif drew parallels with his own win in 2005. “There has been an uproar about Akshay’s win at the National Awards. Someone joked if I can get National Award for Hum Tum, it’s okay for Akshay Kumar to win. A lot of people actually think I won for Omkara, not Hum Tum. I take a little offence when people joke about my National Award win.”

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    sudhir
    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:18 am
    Iti snot people are reacting. It is the media which is encouraging discontent . On behalf of Who. Answer may be in Press Club.
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      SK Gupta
      Apr 19, 2017 at 6:40 am
      I think Said has articulated the issue very well. The issue of intolerance was over -hyped, particularly by Aamir Khan. India is far more tolerant than most other​countries. Would the Muslim actors become Stars in a Hindu majority country if India was not tolerant. Just see the condition of Hindus in stan to understand the issue. Majority of the Hindu po tion have been killed or converted forcibly to Islam. And our so -called secular media n pseudo- intellectuals refuse to discuss it. Seeing this, the BJP has found support n come to power. Noise should gradually be reduced. Whichever religion maybe causing it. More n more people are suffering from High blood pressure, and all must be sensitive about this!
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        Amit
        Apr 19, 2017 at 6:38 am
        Excellent thought process, Saif and congratulations for having a sound mind amid the cacofany of brain washers! Transitions always bring a little anarchy with them. Intolerance debate was a typical election time brouhaha.
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          Vijay Kaul
          Apr 19, 2017 at 4:43 am
          It is possible Saif is right about intolerance. It was always there but in this era, Media gets its TRP's by highlighting it and making it ugly. There is no doubt that HINDU today has become aggressive and noisy as it is seeing the darker side of Islam in its own Kashmir, in Syria and many Muslim countries.
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            imtiyaz
            Apr 19, 2017 at 9:01 am
            Mr Vijay ... what is happening in the countries cited by you has nothing to do with Islam , the religion.... I believe you do know that ..... the crimes occuring in India especially the rapes .... little girls , kids....that s not advocated in hinduism or any religion..... these are committed by bad elements ..... just a rapist happens to have a hindu name.....doesnt mean hindus are like that..... what is happening in East Asia n Afghanistan is a ploy under which the arms manufacturing companies are having business.... India is the largest importer of arms . As of now the inventory is being upgraded .......why should India buy more arms and not upgrade the basic requirement of its common citizens ...like health care education ... means of commuting...... 80 of hindus cant be influenced by 15 of muslims...
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            Ashish
            Apr 19, 2017 at 2:38 am
            Well, here I would like to make one correction that Akshay Kumar has been announced as the best actor in the national award category for the film Rustom and not for Airlift.
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              Hindustani
              Apr 19, 2017 at 1:41 am
              He is a hard core jihadi with most of his family in his beloved stan. His all property should be acquired under ENEMIES ACT. All Muslim living in India illegally after 1947. Muslim stay in India is over, send these stoneage violet muslim who use modern technology to enforce 14th century laws. Can you believe that they muslimized rape under quran and call it HALALA... THEY MAKE THEIR MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, WIVES HALAL BY HAVING THEM RAPED BY MOSQUE MOULVI...
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                Human
                Apr 19, 2017 at 1:58 am
                What scholarly insight have you provided about Islam. Great. Are you the prin l of School of ? Why don't you ask the BJP government at the Centre to declare all Muslims, Christians, Dalits, Sikhs, and all other communities which you don't like or are not Hindu enough, as "Illegal". You can send Muslims to stan, Christians to USA, Sikhs to Canada and make Dalits your slaves again. This way the Hindu Rashtra project will be fulfilled. You don't even know what Halala means. You just parrot the hate filled false rhetoric coming from the Sangh Parivar. Wish you all the best with your Hindu Rashtra.
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                  Sanjay
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 2:05 am
                  Kyun be gau mutra chadh i hai kya raat mein
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