Naseeruddin Shah in CAA: I'm not afraid, I'm angry
Claiming that he is not anxious but angry at the Citizenship Law (Amendment), actor Naseeruddin Shah He says he cannot present a birth certificate, like many other Indians, and asks why 70 years of living here is not enough proof that he is a citizen. The actor, who emphasized that he was speaking as a concerned citizen and not as a Muslim, said he has contributed to the country in the social and educational spheres and that five generations of his family are buried in this land.
Naseeruddin Shah, one of Hindi cinema's best known actors, joins others from the industry such as Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj and Richa Chadha to speak on the intense debate over the CAA .
I do not have a birth certificate. I can not present one. Does that mean we are all going to be excluded? I don't need any guarantee that Muslims don't have to worry. I'm not worried, Shah said in an interview with The Wire.
If living here for 70 years does not prove that I am Indian, I do not know what it does. I am not afraid, I am not anxious, I am angry because such a law has been imposed on us, he added. -year of age added.
Referring to protests across the country, he said the young man had risen and suddenly realized they were being trampled on.
The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014, but leaves out Muslims.The government has been saying that the CAA does not target the Muslim community.
Do you expect a refugee who is fleeing for his life, who with his few belongings trying to survive a trauma of leaving everything he owned and everything he loved and trying to cross the border to book a ticket to Jeddah? Do you expect me to go to UAE? Shah asked.
He said he was not speaking as a Muslim and had never considered himself one. I have not seen it as an obstacle in any way, he added.
What hurt the most, Shah said, was contempt for the student community and intellectuals.
There is no leader in this movement, everything is spontaneous anger that is emerging. If you discard the wrath of young people, you are creating dangers for yourself. That is all I can say, he said.
Naseeruddin Shah also spoke about the silence of big stars of the industry.
Regarding the established figures, it is understandable why they do not speak. One wonders how much they have to lose? Have you not done enough to last seven generations?
It seems to be that way. Loss of popularity, loss of income ... will it kill you? The star basically cares for itself and not for other people, otherwise there would be more parity.
The outspoken actor, who has been vocal on many issues in the past, also praised Deepika Padukone, who went to Jawaharlal Nehru University during a public meeting and remained silent behind the student leaders.
You have to praise the courage of a girl like Deepika who is on top ... and yet takes a step like this. Let's see how he takes this. You will lose some support, of course. That will impoverish her. Will that decrease your popularity? Will that make her less beautiful than she is?
The only god who loves the film industry is money, he added cautiously.
When asked about instances of period films to rewrite history, the actor said there was nothing new in him.
The film industry has always pleased those in power. There is too much money at stake. They do what pleases the center. I really wonder how much conviction there is in these filmmakers who are helping to rewrite history and what is its purpose.