There should be greater exchange of artists between Pakistan, India: Amitabh Bachan

Published: April 7, 2014
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Amitabh Bachchan talked about his connection with Pakistan and other things. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Amitabh Bachchan talked about his connection with Pakistan and other things. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Movie legend Amitabh Bachchan said on Monday that he hoped there was greater exchange of artists between Pakistan and India, and hoped that one day he would be able to visit Pakistan, Express News reported.

In an exclusive skype based video interview with Express News on Monday, Asia’s biggest movie star hoped that there was freer exchange of artists where Pakistanis can learn from their Indian counterparts and Indians can learn from their Pakistani counterparts.

The legendary Bollywood actor, who has hundreds of thousands of fans in Pakistan, said his connection to Pakistan is of a personal nature.

“My mother was born in Lyallpur, she studied in Lahore at the Government College Lahore and most of her family lived in Karachi. So I have a history with Pakistan.” He added that he had visited Pakistan along with his mother to Lahore and Karachi when he was two-years-old. However, he has not had a chance to return to Pakistan since.

To a question about when he was intending to visit Pakistan next, Bachchan senior said that he would visit Pakistan whenever he gets an opportunity, but remained non-committal over a timeline. The actor told Express News that he had many friends in Pakistan and that it seemed that they all belonged to the same land.

Asked about what things in Pakistan he liked, the senior actor said he was a cricket fan who admired the Pakistani cricket team and never missed a cricket match between India and Pakistan, adding that veteran Pakistani cricketers Fazl Mehmood and Mushtaq Ali were among his favourites.

When asked who his favourite Pakistani actor was, Bachchan said he admired Mohammad Ali. “However, Pakistani television serials those days were outstanding and all the actors in those serials were my favourites,” he added.

“I would love to see an exchange of artists between India and Pakistan. You (Pakistan) could learn some from us (India) and we could learn some from you. This would benefit everyone,” he added.

Speaking about his upcoming film Bhoothnath Returns, the actor said that the film is about the common man and touches upon topics like corruption, inefficiency, which would appeal to everyone. “Everywhere there is a political system, there are issues like that,” he added.

To a question about his foray into politics, Amitabh said that he had left politics for good and had no intention of returning to that field again.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • confused
    Apr 8, 2014 - 12:07AM

    I hope his political idol Swami Modi agrees with him.

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  • Blackjack
    Apr 9, 2014 - 3:47AM

    @confused,
    Oh! Get a life, brother. In your present state of ‘confusion’ you cannot distinguish between a gesture of friendship or of enmity when you see one. Every time something positive is said, there is an equal and opposite reaction to turn it on its head. Despite this, I hope the tribe of optimists that hopes for better relations between all neighbours will one day grow to be a majority even though it seems an impossibility now.

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  • G. Din
    May 29, 2014 - 5:00PM

    We could start with exchanging him!

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  • anwar kamal
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:03AM

    But what about security?

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  • raj
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:39PM

    Ha ha first of all can Pakistan afford Bollywood actors fees? Jitni unki fees utna to Pakistan ka annual budget hota hain

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