Here's why Irrfan Khan is silent on Pakistani artistes ban

Published: October 13, 2016


Irrfan Khan has proved his mettle in acting not just in Bollywood but globally. He made it big before anyone in B-Town and landed roles in films like The Warrior, The Mighty Heart, New York I Love You, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man and Jurassic World.

Did Irrfan Khan really criticise Islamic practices?

In an interview with Bollywood Life Irrfan’s silence over the Pakistani artistes ban is worth mentioning. When asked about his take on the whole debate over Pakistani artistes working in India and the ban on them, the actor was quick to respond in a negative way, he said, “This is not the platform to talk about that.”

The Slumdog star recently answered a question during Madari promotions and said, “Rather than fasting during Ramazan, people should self-introspect. Animals are being slaughtered on the name of qurbaani during Muharram. We, Muslims, have made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and what we do? Take out (tajiya) processions,” he said.

He had also questioned Muslims on being silent over the issue of terrorism, saying, “Why are Muslims silent against the issue of terrorism. People should also question the politicians over this issue.”

Actors and cricketers are not heroes: Irrfan Khan

As a result, he had to face the ire of Muslim clerics, who asked  him to focus on his acting and his films. One of them said, “It would be better if he concentrates on his film career and not make random statements about our religion. He is doing this just for the publicity of his upcoming movie,” and another had said, “He should keep his mouth shut as he has no knowledge about the religion.”

The star will be seen next in Tom Hanks starrer Inferno or Irrfano, as Tom likes to call it.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 13, 2016 - 3:53PM

    The priests are right . hes an actor first and not a politician to make public statements. he should focus on his profession. Recommend

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