Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah showed her discontent over big wigs of Bollywood who did not voice their support for the Muslims in India saying that after spending 70 years in the country he is now being questioned to prove his identity.
Recently, in an interview, Shah asked why his passport, voter’s ID, driver’s license and identity card weren’t considered as enough proof of his citizenship.
“I don’t have a birth certificate. I cannot produce one. Does that mean we are all going to be excluded? I do not need any reassurance that Muslims don’t need to be worried. I am not worried. If living here (in India) for 70 years does not prove me to be an Indian, I don’t know what does. I am not afraid, I am not anxious, I am angry,” he said.
He talked about their courage, and in the meantime, the senior actor expressed his discontent over big wigs’ silence.
“I think these people have more courage and less to lose than the established figures,” he said.
“As far as the established figures concerned, it is understandable why they don’t speak up. But one does wonder how much do they have to lose? Haven’t you made enough to last your seven generations?” Shah added.
The senior actor, however, lauds Deepika Padukone’s bravery who raised her voice for the injustice. He continues, “You have to laud the courage of a girl like Deepika who is in the top four and yet takes a step like this. Let us see how she takes this. She’ll lose a few endorsements, sure. Will that impoverish her? Will that lessen her popularity? Will that make her less beautiful than she is? They’re going to come around sooner or later. The only god that the film industry worships is money”.