Bollywood veterans, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher have found their names in a latest controversy surrounding the latter's campaign for Kashmiri Pandits.
As per the initial reports emerged, Shah had allegedly commented against Kher's participation on the issue. However, he later gave a statement that he never made any comment against Kher and his campaign.
Media reports had quoted Shah as saying, "A person who has never lived in Kashmir has started a fight for Kashmiri Pandits. Suddenly, he is a displaced person".
Kher, on the other hand, said he found it hard to believe that a personality of Shah's stature would make such a comment. He said:
"I have great regard for Naseerudin Shah. I don't think the comment was made by him but seems it was attributed to him by someone. My roots are in Kashmir. I don't want to prove my credential of being a Kashmiri Brahmin. It's a very insensitive statement, I don't think such a statement befits from a person like him."
I have not said any such thing, this is all misreporting :Naseeruddin Shah on his statement on Anupam Kher pic.twitter.com/8mNABd6cHc— ANI (@ANI_news) May 28, 2016
Kher, who has been helming a campaign to support the return of the Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley, had taken to Twitter to express his dissappointment over Shah's alleged comments.
Shah Saab ki Jai Ho. By that logic NRI's should not think about India at all.:) Naseeruddin Shah on Anupam Kher https://t.co/UtQrtZ66we— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) May 27, 2016
Many Twitter users backed Kher. Take a look:
@AnupamPkher y anupam fighting in Kashmir ,he never stayed there !! Oh Kejriwal was born, brought up n worked in delhi!! Oh got it 😃— Abhisek Mohapatra (@rickymohapatra9) May 28, 2016
Anupam Kher shouldn't fight for KP rights as he never lived there, OTOH Nasiruddin Shah signed Yakub's mercy petition as he was his relative— Mohit (@sailorsmoon) May 28, 2016
You don't have to be Kashmiri to fight for #KashmiriPandits plight.Every Indian should condemn the brutality and support their resettlement.— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) May 28, 2016