Always put Pakistan film industry before my own career: Shaan

Shaan urges country's 'intellectual elite' to support local cinema and build industry to Hollywood standards

Entertainment Desk October 14, 2016

Actor, director Shaan Shahid -- who is known for his die-hard patriotism -- has finally spoken about tensions surrounding the exchange of talent and art between India and Pakistan.

The veteran actor took to social media in an apparent bid to rejuvenate morale in the country's film industry at a time when Indian films have been banned in Pakistan.

Shaan, who has previously had public spats with other Pakistani artists over working in Bollywood, said he has always put Pakistan before his own career, while emphasisisng how important it is for the country's 'intellectual elite' to support local cinema.

I want to bring Pakistan out of all the negativity, Shaan says

Shaan opened his post saying, "It's a proud moment for Pakistani films and I'm honoured to be a part of them. I'm honoured to have so many fans who have loved my work and allowed me to entertain them for 25 years. With the respect and love they have always given me comes a price, the price of responsibilities, my responsibility as a Pakistani film actor."

"For me the only option ever was to bring Pakistani films out of its boundaries and show the world what immense talent and scripts we have in Pakistan so I always kept my focus on building Pakistani film industry rather than building my own career," he added.

He went on to add: "And trust me I'm not trying to target anybody but I seriously don't expect any to follow me but don't stop me from walking on the path I have chosen we have differences with each other that is not letting us create our strength as a Pakistani brand but we can still unite on an 8 letter word - Pakistan."

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He urged the industry to come together and said, "The film industry needs all of us right now together working to build so the future generations don't have to. They would be sitting on thrones of stardom. Young directors, actors, writers, technicians don't have to go look for work anywhere they would be able to dream and achieve. They don't have to go through the building process."

Shaan ended his post with the following appeal: "We need all the help we can get especially from our stars as you need stars to form a galaxy."

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Zaki Ur Rehman | 5 years ago | Reply All the hate mongers who's comments are on the top now should know that promoting indian cinema in Pakistan is a dis-service to our own film industry which just started to flourish. Things will get better only if we let them be. I myself have grown up watching indian cinema and i personally like it but when it comes to developing your own brand we must sacrifice our liking and go through a phase where we build one of our own. Haters will say its irrelevant but if USA haven't had stopped the delivery of F-16 we wouldn't have been successfully manufacturing our own JF-17. Haven't you people heard that "Necessity is the mother of invention" ?
Humza | 5 years ago | Reply @Ch. Allah Daad: I think you need to get out of your own cave and understand that every country has its own media and film industry. Pakistani cinema doesn't need Indian cinema to survive. If survival is based on foreign films, why not show Turkish. Iranian, European, Israeli or other films which are more interesting than Indian movies.
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