Mumbai: Fawad Khan and Richa Chadha are currently in Australia to attend the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. While interacting with the media, Fawad Khan, who has worked in Pakistani and Indian film industry, was asked about cultural contradiction between both the industry and how Bollywood has adapted to West’s style by including romance and kissing scenes on the silver screen.
At first, Fawad Khan didn’t understand what the journalist was trying to ask, the reporter repeated herself by saying, “In all senses, especially Bollywood, may be the on screen romance or the kissing scenes or the cultures we have or the way India has adopted westernisation. Because I have a lot of Pakistani friends and when I speak to them, I get the sense that the two countries are different and Pakistan is a lot different from India.”
Before Fawad could answer, Richa cut in and addressed the question saying, “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 off maintain a global kind of, 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 tambrahm or maybe Malyaali or from the North east. I think we should avoid stereotyping in questions or creating some kind of contradiction here because the whole intent and especially art does not really have borders or boundaries.”
When the journalist continued with her question, Fawad thanked Richa for taking a stand on his question and replied to the journalist by saying, “I feel that the transition you are talking about it again has a lot to do with the silence and the wild pack generally if it goes with the trend which is now globally changing. Television has always been about… It is even sovereign in India. You will feel that the onscreen intimacy in Indian films is very different or performances or expressions are different from what they are on Indian Television. So coming back to the same thing, I think that Pakistani television has always been on the forefront and is something that is available to the Pakistanis and all the Pakistanis around the world have similar expressions and follow a certain criteria a small part of the audiences is coming to the cinemas India is very big and there is a very big population and more or less the television ads might not be correct in the Pakistani cities. But to cater to the sensibilities that you are wanting to bring to the cinema you have to accept a little curve for them and I believe that the cinema they have copied from anywhere in the world and in India as well I think that’s its just a natural cycle that Pakistani cinema is also coming from. You can comment on it further dealing another thing but right now it is in a baseless shape.”
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