Bollywood actor Nandita Das said on Thursday that she would not be coming to Pakistan to attend the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) as she has been unwell since Wednesday.
She shared the news on her Facebook post, citing her health reasons for not being able to attend the seventh edition of KLF, which is starting from February 5.
“I have been unwell since yesterday [Wednesday] and unfortunately I am unable to go [to] Karachi. I felt terrible letting down the organisers but it’s beyond my control. I had offered to do the sessions via Skype to make sure one can participate and the intent with which the Lit Fest is organised, is upheld,” she said in the post.
Nandita also gave her response on the recent controversy surrounding the KLF as Anupam Kher alleged that he was denied a visa to travel to Pakistan for attending the literature festival.
“I was disappointed to hear what Mr Kher had to say on television. If we dismiss those we disagree with as anti-nationals, we risk diminishing the possibility of dialogue and it invites shrill abuses. I don’t feel the need to prove my nationality in public debates,” she said.
So far, two of the Indian nationals, Anupam and Nandita, expected to attend the festival have now decided otherwise and will not be coming to Karachi.