For me, cheer­ing in India vs Pak match is not pa­tri­o­tism: Ku­nal

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Ku­nal Kapoor (above) has im­mense love for the coun­try. But the ac­tor says that his def­i­ni­tion of pa­tri­o­tism is very dif­fer­ent. In dis­agree­ment with those who kill people on the street or abuse on so­cial me­dia in the name of pa­tri­o­tism, he says, “For me, pa­tri­o­tism is not cheer­ing for India in an India vs Pak­istan match. It is stand­ing for the ide­ol­ogy that the coun­try was built upon — that ev­ery­one should be equal, ev­ery­one should get equal op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Kapoor, who plays the role of Ma­jor Gen­eral Shah Nawaz Khan in his up­com­ing film based on tri­als of mem­bers of In­dian Na­tional Army (INA) at Red Fort, adds that tak­ing out a ‘mor­cha’ (protest march) against some­one with whom you dis­agree has also become pa­tri­o­tism.

What’s his stand on the de­bate: Should ac­tors from Pak­istan be al­lowed to work in Bol­ly­wood? Point­ing out the ‘dou­ble-stan­dard’ of people, Kapoor says, “They protested when Karan Jo­har’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starred Pak­istani ac­tor Fawad Khan. But [the re­cent re­lease] Mom, too, fea­tured a Pak­istani ac­tor. But I didn’t hear any noise... You can’t have dif­fer­ent rules. [Sadly], this of­ten hap­pens in our coun­try.”

Pa­tri­o­tism is stand­ing for the ide­ol­ogy that India was built upon — that ev­ery­one should be equal KU­NAL KAPOOR, AC­TOR

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