Anupam Kher on Pakistan denying visa: I am not angry with anybody but upset

Commenting on the possible reasons that could have forced Pakistan government from issuing him a clearance, Anupam Kher said: "I am guessing the reason could be the fact that I am a Kashmiri Pandit..."

Written by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Updated: February 2, 2016 8:02 pm
Anupam Kher, Pakistan Anupam Kher, Anupam Kher pakistan Jaipur: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher speaks during a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival. (Source: file photo/ PTI Photo)

Anupam Kher on Tuesday rubbished Pakistan High Commission’s claim that he had not applied for a visa to attend Karachi Literary Festival and expressed his disappointment at being the only guest to be denied a visa by the country.

“I am not angry with anybody. I am upset and somewhere I want to know the reason why only I have been been singled out,” said Anupam at a press conference.

Commenting on the possible reasons that could have forced Pakistan government from issuing him a clearance, Anupam said: “I am guessing the reason could be the fact that I am a Kashmiri Pandit. I am not playing a Kashmiri Pandit card or trying to divide people. Either it could be this reason or it could be the fact that I spoke about tolerance and intolerance and have taken a stand and applauded our Prime Minister.”

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Armed with documents to prove that the organisers of the festival were in touch with the Pakistani High Commission to get a visa issued for him, Anupam debunked Pakistan’s claim that he had not applied for a visa.

“The clearance had to come from the Pakistan High Commission. Since the last 15 days I was ready with all my papers which are needed for issuing a visa post the receipt of clearance from the Pakistan government. Everyone else got their clearance and subsequently got their visas stamped. I learnt yesterday evening that I have not been given a clearance and hence a visa couldn’t be issued,” said Anupam.

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    Amit
    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm
    At first u should not apply !just stay around Sansad bhavan and u will be fine.
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      Vipul
      Feb 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm
      You should take another march from Jantar Mantar to Jantar Mantar!0
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        barb.Aryans
        Feb 2, 2016 at 6:46 pm
        It's is good for stan to keep out brahmins who were driven out kicked out 2000 years back. At least stan is living with one less trouble, brahmins!
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          Kalki
          Feb 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm
          ये आदमी आखिर देश के किस अहम् पद पर बैठा है जो इसकी हर मूर्खता की बात को मीडिया वाले दिखाते हैं । फ़िल्मी दुनिया में इससे बहुत अच्छे कलाकार हैं जिन्हें कोई प्रमुखता नहीं देता
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            Abdul Rawoof
            Feb 2, 2016 at 9:50 pm
            Due to your loose talk against stani Cricket team playing in India and your negative remarks, stan has kept you out and humiliated you. So Next time Mr. Kher be within your limit.
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              Jawad
              Feb 2, 2016 at 11:55 pm
              Kher is crying hahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahha hahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahha
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                Jawad
                Feb 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm
                Why do you blackies are upset of stan refuse to give u visa??? This is not the first time it happened. Mr.kher stop crying your making ur w blackie nation embarr
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                  Kabir
                  Feb 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm
                  Send him to stan anyway without visa. He is now trained chaddi, he can fight with the terrorists all by himself. After all he is a Brahman with all the gods in his control.
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                    KUK
                    Feb 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm
                    but kher didn't apply for visa yet..... stani media
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                      kulaputra kulaputra
                      Feb 3, 2016 at 1:16 am
                      And you are upset when someone says "Dr Kalam was good despite being a ...." ?
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                        kulaputra kulaputra
                        Feb 3, 2016 at 1:19 am
                        Dear Sir, you had your chance to migrate. Why was that given up to stay in this intolerant country ? I Understand that this option can still be exercised.
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                          Me Marathi
                          Feb 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm
                          Hey islamic jihadi b@stard, Indians will eff your kaum time and again and you will not get a chance to even react. Count your days ghetto jihadi b@stard.
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                            Me Marathi
                            Feb 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm
                            Most hilarious fact is How can pukistan hold Karachi Literary Festival ? Are they going to have suicide bombing sessions , Or a kasab style shooting spree practise , Or jihadi type attack in that literary fest ???
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                              Me Marathi
                              Feb 2, 2016 at 11:23 pm
                              You seem like hundreds of anti-national aaptard or akhangressis who go to extent of damaging India by helping pukistan. Just wait , till you are tracked you MF, MC, BC b@stard.
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                                Me Marathi
                                Feb 3, 2016 at 8:05 am
                                Breaking News - It is actually a jihadi literary meet and hence pukistan only wanted salmaan khursh!!t , mani kutta aiyyar and kajri over there as chief guests. Not Anupam kher.
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                                  Sanjeev Singal
                                  Feb 2, 2016 at 4:02 pm
                                  No problem. When Modi next visits his buddy in stan, Kher can ride piggyback.
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                                    Sammeer
                                    Feb 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm
                                    Kher Saheb, your 'chaaploosi' to gain Padma award has angered Indians as well as stanis. This is the outcome of that. All of a sudden 'Kashmiri Pandit' of your inner self has come out, which is unacceptable to common public. Spectators knew you as a good actor, but after this 'chaaploosi' you are a mere a 'darbari bhaand'. I feel sorry for you.
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                                      sahib
                                      Feb 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                                      They did good job denying visa to person who is intolerable
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                                        anand
                                        Feb 2, 2016 at 8:32 pm
                                        typical of mindset of the s. shaking in their loose pajamas thinking of a indian.......cowards magnificent
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                                          IndianAtHeart
                                          Feb 2, 2016 at 3:09 pm
                                          I think rest of the 17 invitees should protest and walk out in protest. But given the fact that there are some lovers in the panel , I don't think it will happen.
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                                            SV Sivasubrahmaniam
                                            Feb 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                                            The same thing happened with the stani singar`s visit at the invitation here. This is a for tat act. I understand the disappointment. We also should how to behave. This type of fanatical acts against the artists is cowardness of political parties and rulers. One can become a politician by maniting some thing but he can not become an artist. Artists are universally respectable adorable and admirable. Yah it is very sad like that we had done to that great stani singer. Still we do not learn any ethics.
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