After Anupam Kher, Nandita Das drops out of Karachi Literature Festival

Published: February 4, 2016
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Nandita Das. PHOTO: FILE

Nandita Das. PHOTO: FILE

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.

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“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.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Nasir Soomro
    Feb 4, 2016 - 7:12PM

    So,the champions of freedom of expression and eternal co-existence are starting to turn their backs,they have disrespected common fans,respected their egos.I think we need to proceed the dialogue rather than futile debate.Recommend

  • Malik Bhaijan
    Feb 4, 2016 - 8:11PM

    Nandita Who?Recommend

  • somoene
    Feb 4, 2016 - 8:27PM

    So Ms Das decided to open her mouth without knowing whether Mr. Kher applied for the VISA or not. Typical of pseudo secular brigade in India. Recommend

  • Libra
    Feb 4, 2016 - 8:46PM

    India pressured a woman from not attending an event she wanted to.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Feb 4, 2016 - 10:47PM

    Wasn’t this lady’s father recently kicked out for staying 26 years in a government bungalow that was allotted to him for three years. No wonder she sounds butthurtRecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 4, 2016 - 11:35PM

    If she says she’s sick….then she’s sick. I for one believe her .Recommend

  • someone
    Feb 5, 2016 - 8:33AM

    @Libra:
    Well what do you mean by India? Like 1.2 Billion people pulled her or do you mean Indian government which is too busy with work to care about Ms Das going out of India? Or may be its India of your nightmares :-).Recommend

  • Feb 5, 2016 - 9:17AM

    There has been a ‘tit for tat’ visa problem for performing artistes on both sides of the ‘great divide.’ Nothing more, nothing less! Salams Recommend

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