Ayesha Omar slams Sonam Kapoor’s remarks on the abrogation of Article 370
- I think it’s better to keep quiet and let this pass, responded Sonam Kapoor to a question regarding the abrogation of Article 370.
- First Priyanka Chopra’s dismissive stance and now Sonam Kapoor’s views. I am appalled and disappointed; Ayesha Omar.
- She asked: “Where’s the sensitivity, empathy, and humanity required to be an actor? Or just for being human?”
- If you want to have any semblance of peace for future generations, we as artists have to see beyond nationalism and take a stand; Mehwish Hayat.
Whilst the curfew-like restrictions entered the fifteenth day in Indian administered Kashmir and people there are suffering from food and medicine shortages. Media and communication blackout has further aggravated the dismal circumstances in the IOK – the region where the masses have long been struggling to get their ultimate right, the right to freedom and self-determination.
Due to the continued state of crisis within the occupied region, the tensions between the instant neighbors are even more heightened since BJP’s move to change the autonomous and constitutional status of Kashmir to bring about the demographic change within the Muslim majority Himalayan region.
In such a sorry state of crisis what are doing the actors on the other side of the border? They’ve been fuelling ultra-nationalism under the cover of patriotism. Priyanka Chopra’s response at the BeautyCon Summit in Loss Angeles met with trolls and rounds of criticism and even a petition was circulated online to end her status as a Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF. She responded to a question regarding her tweet advocating Indian armed forces by saying: “I hear to you. But I’m patriotic.”
She was questioned for tweeting: “Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces.” Priyanka’s debate wasn’t over yet another star actress of Bollywood gave even more conflicting views about the abrogation of Article 370 in an interview to BBC Asian Network saying that she can give an opinion on the matter only when she has the complete information.
“So for me now. I think it’s better to keep quiet and let this pass and I think our countries were one 70 years ago,” she opined on the matter. Pakistan’s Ayesha Omar broke her silence and took to Twitter to question the actresses on the other side of the border.
She said: “First Priyanka Chopra’s dismissive stance and now Sonam Kapoor’s views. I am appalled and disappointed, to say the least. Are we actors not supposed to be ambassadors for peace? Where’s the sensitivity, empathy, and humanity required to be an actor? Or just for being human?”
First #PriyankaChopra ‘s dismissive stance and now #sonamkapoor ‘s views. I’m appalled and disappointed to say the least. Are we actors not supposed to be ambassadors for peace? Where’s the sensitivity, empathy and humanity required to be an actor? Or just for being human?
— Ayesha Omar (@ayesha_m_omar) August 18, 2019
The Kashmir situation on the Indian-administered side continues to divide people, including in Bollywood.
Actress Sonam Kapoor has been speaking to us about it and says it's upsetting because of her family's links to the region. pic.twitter.com/Uz5Leujiaz
— BBC Asian Network (@bbcasiannetwork) August 15, 2019
Earlier, Mehwish Hayat criticized Chopra’s jingoistic views and advised the actress to work for unity not to create a divide among the masses. She, during her interview at CNN, advised Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra not to use her voice to legitimize a regime opposed to the values she claimed to represent as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
At an event in Oslo, Hayat highlighted the negative role of the film industry and said: “Bollywood make films to show Pakistanis as the villain.”
“Hollywood has to acknowledge the damage they inflicted on my country with the way they have been portraying us. I don’t ask for the more positive representations but at least can these representations be more balanced?” she continued.
If you want to have any semblance of peace for future generations, we as artists have to see beyond nationalism and take a stand, Hayat added.
Bollywood could have used cinema to promote mutual understanding instead of vilifying us as they do. They need to decide which is more important – nationalistic fervour or a peaceful future . pic.twitter.com/EzcK4L0zWD
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) August 11, 2019
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