The actors were attending the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Press Conference 2016 along with other Bollywood celebrities.
At the press conference, a journalist put forward her question to Fawad Khan asking about the cultural differences between India and Pakistan and indirectly hinting at how Bollywood boldly showcases “kissing scenes” onscreen.
Fawad was apparently left bemused by the question.
Richa Chadha chipped in immediately and said, “I would like to answer that. Sorry, I am cutting in. You know we were colonised by the British for a really long time. It’s a part of the..I am sorry if I am offending anybody here, but if you look at worldwide history, every time the British left an empire, they divided it. Whether it was North Korea or South Korea, then there was Germany. It is a part of the strategy to keep political unrest to sort of maintain a global kind of.”
She further added, “I am sorry but your question to me doesn’t make sense because I will have far more in common with Fawad because I am from the North of India than I will have with somebody who is a tam brah or maybe Malayali or from the North East. I think we should avoid stereotyping in questioning or creating some kind of contradiction here because the whole intent and especially art does not really have any borders.”
The actress showed in true spirits the affection among artists that is not bound by any border conflict.