Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has refused to perform a Pakistani character in his forthcoming venture due to the worsened Pakistan-India relations after Pulwama attack. According to the sources, Bachchan has taken the choice to avoid the wrath of Hindu nationalists and right-wing extremists.
Amitabh Bachchan believes he could be called ‘anti-nationalist’ if he performs the role of a peace messenger between the two countries. It was stated that initially, Amitabh Bachchan was very happy to play the part in the movie, however, the latest border skirmishes at the border had forced Amitabh Bachchan to reconsider his choice.
The movie was the directorial debut of Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty and Amitabh Bachchan was in speaks with him for the past 2 years.
Pakistani celebrities have already been dealing with restrictions on working in the Bollywood after the producer’s association placed a ban.
After Naseeruddin Shah, it is Soni Razdan, the mother of Alia Bhatt who has called out the increasing nationalism but faced strong opposition within India. Shah was even stopped from attending a literature festival due to life threats. Alternatively, Pakistani celebrities have persistently called out for peace between India and Pakistan.