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