Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter on Sunday to call for the inclusion of Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Think. If commentators and coaches can be from Pakistan in IPL, why not their cricketers?,” Kapoor tweeted.
To support his statement, Kapoor added that Pakistani actor Fawad Khan was much loved in India. "And then Fawad Khan, also Pakistani, was loved in K&S."
Think.If commentators and coaches can be from Pakistan in IPL,why not their cricketers?And then Fawad Khan,also Pakistani ,was loved in K&S— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 17, 2016
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The Kapoor and Sons actor also gently reprimanded a Twitter user who accused the IPL of being the "most corrupt league in the world" saying, "Think of making bridges, not walls!"
Well that is not quite true dear lady! It seems the grapes are sour in your case.Think of making bridges,not walls! https://t.co/GP14a7Ya9J— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 17, 2016
Two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid also took to Twitter to commend Kapoor’s thoughts, saying the actor’s sentiments of peace were the need of the hour.
“Please ignore comments from both sides- sentiments of peace you espouse is the need of the hour- How many generations will fight?” she tweeted.
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Last year, Kapoor had expressed joy at the revival of cricket in Pakistan with the Zimbabwe team touring the country. "Good to see excitement and smiles at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. Whosoever wins not important. You have won hearts defeating terrorists!"
Good to see excitement and smiles at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. Whosoever wins not important. You have won hearts defeating terrorists!— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 22, 2015
Many took to Twitter to appreciate Kapoor's words:
@chintskap this man Kapoor is the only strong voice in Indian cinema to support bilateral relations between Pak and india— Faiz Aman (@faizaman1) April 17, 2016
@chintskap disheartening to read the comments under this beautiful tweet.But keep believing in the goodness in your heart RK.You're special.— UziShi (@UzmaRS) April 17, 2016
@chintskap Only a sensible mature person can think like that Chintu Sir! Not all pudden-head!~— Usman Khalid (@usmaan_khalid) April 17, 2016
@chintskap @hoshearpuri discrimination and the Indian public ends up not watching a great Kohli Aamir knock— Y.A.M (@ymalik79) April 17, 2016
@chintskap very well said sir 😌— ANU❤FAWAD (@anu_fawad) April 17, 2016
@chintskap positive thinking by a legend.— Rasheed shakoor (@rasheedshakoor) April 17, 2016