Soha says re­turn­ing awards is a per­sonal choice

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She (Tagore) is very pas­sion­ate about cer­tain things and I know she has been vo­cal. I com­pletely re­spect her point of view

Soha Ali Khan, ac­tor

Ac­tor Soha Ali Khan (right) says she has had dis­cus­sions with her mother, vet­eran ac­tor Sharmila Tagore about the re­cent spate of writ­ers and film­mak­ers re­turn­ing awards given to them by the In­dian gov­ern­ment. They have re­turned their awards to protest the grow­ing in­tol­er­ance against in­de­pen­dent voices. But Soha be­lieves that re­turn­ing or keep­ing the awards is a mat­ter of per­sonal choice.

“We’ve had dis­cus­sions. She (Tagore) is very pas­sion­ate about cer­tain things and I know she has been vo­cal. I com­pletely re­spect her point of view. Both of us come from a sec­u­lar and lib­eral school of thought. But my take is each to their own,” she says, adding, “Peo­ple who have awards — it’s their per­sonal choice if they want to keep or re­turn them.”

Tagore has said the at­tacks on writ­ers and artistes were against the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of democ­racy. Tagore, along with nu­mer­ous other Bol­ly­wood celebri­ties came out in sup­port of the Pak­istani artistes be­ing tar­geted, as­sert­ing that art and cre­ativ­ity shouldn’t be throt­tled. Talk­ing about her and her mother’s thought process, she says though they do dif­fer at times, but their thoughts cer­tainly aren’t poles apart. “We have a sim­i­lar line of thought. I had a dif­fer­ent ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem and so I have my own thoughts as well,” she says.

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