Actor Kangana Ranaut recently revealed she is a nationalist and feels that her progress as an individual is linked to her country’s growth. Speaking at the News18 Rising India Summit, the Queen star also shared her take on the ban on Pakistani artists. And, it’s certainly not something that most of her Pakistanis fans would want to hear.
The actor weighed in on the controversy surrounding Pakistani artists working in India, stating the artistic world is different from the physical world.
“Artistic realm is different from physical realm. When you are talking about physical boundaries and you are talking about borders, why be esoteric. You should know about a place where people are losing lives,” she said.
“At the time of ban on Pakistani artists, the country is vulnerable where people are struggling and trying to cope with emotions. The common sentiment is ‘Humko kya Lena dena, hum toh artist hai’. This is not going to work. Above everything, you are Indians as well, and when you are talking about boundaries, you can’t go into an esoteric world and say ‘I am an artist’,” Kangana added.
The Simran actor said she does not believe in religion and has come to the conclusion that her only identity is that she is an Indian.
“As a youth, I want to see growth in my life. I have come to this conclusion that if India does not grow then I won’t grow. I am an Indian and born an Indian. I have no other identity,” she said.
“I said in some interview that I am a nationalist. People said ‘oh you are that type of a person’. I was like ‘what do you mean by that kind?’ I personally feel that there is a confusion between these words.
Before all of this, I hadn’t even heard of the term nationalism. The good thing is that at least the word has got out. That there is a word like nationalism. You can have a choice whether you want to believe in it or not,” Kangana said.
Citing the example of Americans, she questioned why people in India have a problem with standing up for the national anthem. “The Americans stand for their national anthem. Why do we feel ashamed of standing? If you want to learn something from Americans, then learn good things from them.”
Criticising those who whine about lack of infrastructure and cleanliness in the country, Kangana feels they should try and do something about it.
“I meet people and it has become a cool thing to say bad things about your country. I hear the youths always complaining and whining that ‘the country does not have infrastructure and it is so dirty’… This attitude is not okay. If the country is dirty, then are you the guests? Why don’t you clean it?”
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