Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan made magic when the two of them starred together in their 2014 hit Khoobsurat. Ever since then, they have remained in touch and through plenty of candid, friendly pictures we get the idea that the two are fast friends.
Most recently, when Shiv Sena threatened to stop Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan from working in India, plenty of superstars spoke out against the right-wing party. Among them was also Salman Khan, who said that no one had the right to stop Pakistanis from working in India. Sonam Kapoor seems to share the views of her Prem Ratan Dhan Payo co-star and also issued a statement similar to Salman’s.
“I have worked with Fawad Khan and I would love to work with him again. Fawad is like family to me, so whether he is Indian or Pakistani it does not matter.”
Not only that but Sonam also went one step further and said that some of her very close friends belonged to the neighbouring country.
“Some of my best friends are from Pakistan,” she said.
“I don’t think we should stop something because of a few people. If it is okay for us to go all over the world and work, why can’t people from the neighbouring country come here and work?,” she wondered.
She also explained her apprehensions on the current state of affairs in India and said that the country would never grow if freedom and expression were not allowed to thrive.
“A country like India is known for tolerance. We are dumping in the garbage what our forefathers fought for. For an artiste, it’s the scariest situation to be in. You can only grow through art, expression and love. And if there are so many stigmas, we will never grow as a country,” she said. She also gave examples of her father and Priyanka Chopra, who had crossed borders and sought work elsewhere other than their native countries.
“We appreciate it when our industry people work abroad, like Priyanka is working in Los Angeles and my father is working there too.”
“This was something that the British did – divide and rule – and I think that’s what’s happening right now. It is scary, awful and I think it is completely unacceptable,” she said.
It would be interesting to see how the Shiv Sena reacts to Kapoor’s statement. Sonam has been known for making bold and straight-forward statements in the past. Will she regret these words, in the days to come?