Despite the opposition they face because of their religious identity, Muslim actors’ contribution for the Indian cinema is unrivalled. It is understandable that working in a hostile environment would be tough as intolerance in India is more evident in the Narendra Modi-led government, but targeting your own community to prove yourself a patriot is unfathomable jingoism.
In an article for The New York Times in 2013, Shah Rukh Khan had admitted that he had occasionally been accused of having soft corner for Pakistan. He wrote that some Indian politicians had asked him to return to his “original homeland.”
Regardless of their religion Bollywood stars have been taken to task for showing sympathy with Pakistani people or artists. Even speaking of peace has many a times put them in hot waters.
Having a powerful voice, Indian Muslim artists should have gathered together to support the Kashmir’s just struggle for independence but the ‘King of Bollywood’ Shah Rukh Khan has disappointed his Muslim fans by producing an upcoming Netflix series ‘Bard of Blood’ which shows the ‘Muslims are terrorists’ stereotype adopted predominately by Indian cinema and Hollywood.
It is ridiculous that while minority groups are hoping for a positive representation in the international media, Muslim actors are busy in filming anti-Muslim stories. The SRK’s upcoming series on Netflix is featuring Emraan Hashmi in the lead, while another Indian Muslim Nawazuddin Siddiqi is also part of the flick.
According to sources, the series comprises of seven episodes and will be launched in September this year.
It is disturbing that after a series of flop films, Shah Rukh Khan has come up with a series supporting the Indian government’s Hindutva ideology and describing Pakistan as a terrorist country.
Twitterites are not happy with this and have subjected the ‘King of Romance’ to troll for this utter disgusting drama.
It is worth-mentioning here that ancestors of the Indian actors hailed from Pakistan’s Peshawar.