Actress Soha Ali Khan, who was attacked on social media by some people, who questioned her faith after she visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar and a Ganpati pandal, hit back saying India is a secular nation and going to a temple doesn’t make her a “non-Muslim”.
She had visited the Golden Temple and a Ganesh pandal to seek blessings ahead of the release of her thriller film 31st October. “I am all for freedom of expression, but being told how going to a temple makes me a non-Muslim is plain callous. No one has the right to say that. Whether I choose to do namaz or go to a Church, how does it affect anyone?,” Soha said in a statement here.
“Nobody owns me. India being a secular nation, we have to respect all religions and each other’s choices,” she said. Soha is paired opposite Vir Das for the first time in “31st October” directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil.
Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan-starrer 31st October brought back the horror of that day in 1984 when a community was targetted for no fault of theirs. They are still awaiting justice, over 32 years later. There are parts in Delhi where people still ask where were you when men were butchered, children orphaned and women raped.
Check Soha Ali Khan’s tweets:
— Soha Ali Khan (@sakpataudi) September 9, 2016
— Soha Ali Khan (@sakpataudi) September 3, 2016
Writer-producer Harry Sachdeva’s 31st October is a movie based on the assassination of the country’s former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and its aftermath, will release in October after getting cleared with nine cuts. Its producer says the journey of making the movie has not been a cakewalk.
The film tells the journey of this Sikh family, their battle for life and strongly portrays the mindset of many non-Sikhs and Hindus who risked their lives to save many Sikhs during that time.
(With PTI inputs)