Sanam Saeed shares her two cents on stereotypical portrayal of Muslims in Bollywood

11:39 PM | 15 Jan, 2023
Sanam Saeed shares her two cents on stereotypical portrayal of Muslims in Bollywood

Thanks to Sidharth Malhotra's "typical and cliched" version of a regular Muslim depicted in Netflix India’s newest offering Mission Majnu, Indians and Pakistanis can now share their opinions and feel queasy together.

When the debate about how Muslims, especially Pakistanis, look in real life started online, Lollywood actress Sanam Saeed also chimed in to give her opinion. Given her grandeur and influence, the 37-year-old actress' opinion busted the myth of the stereotypical Muslim man with kohl eyes and saying 'adaab' in every sentence.

Discussing the topic with 'Brut India' and Bollywood’s ban on Lollywood artists, the actress felt confused as to why politics mars cross-border collaborations with hate. The Zindagi Gulzar Hai famed actress also shared her favorite Bollywood film, Queen, reasoning the relatability factor as the driving force.

When the conversation moved to Muslims' depiction in Bollywood, the actress felt that “it wasn’t a spectacle.” 

“Of course, we always make fun of how Muslims are portrayed in Indian films with the kajol [kohl], namaz ki topi [prayer cap] and the green in the background somewhere to show that this is a Muslim person or Muslim community. It gets too political, they’ve always been highlighted as the enemy,” Saeed added.

Displeased, the actress said she doesn’t remember watching any projects where the two nations are friends instead of enemies; which is far from the reality since Indo-Pak "collaborations are happening at every level”.  

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Reminiscing the collaborations between Lollywood and Bollywood artists before the ban, the Dil Mera Dharkan Teri diva suggested that it felt quite natural for her to watch the cross-border ventures. “It was exciting, it was about time. It felt very exhilarating, very liberating and kind of complete that finally these two hubs of culture, creativity and art were collaborating to form even greater stuff.”

Discussing the aftermath of the 2016 Uri attack which prompted the ban, Saeed suggested, “It was a bit of a rude awakening, confusing — why mix politics with art and culture? Tragic but also, I guess we all got over it, it is what it is — you can’t fight it, there’s nothing you can do about it. Except stuff like this, what we’re doing now.”

The Deedan star added that despite everything, the artists are trying to work together.

When asked about her own Indian venture, ZEE5‘s Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam, the actress opined how the situations were different in nature. Saeed also commented on how Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan were at the forefront of an unofficial ban on Pakistani artists.  

“I never worked in Bollywood — this isn’t Bollywood, Bollywood is a completely different ballgame. By the time I was getting my foot in the door, the ban had come. Fawad [Khan] and Mahira really were at the brunt of it so I’m sure they are nervous and scared because of how they were treated.

“It’s definitely a confusing place to be in when one second you’re here and the next second you’re completely let go off. I can totally understand why Mahira would be nervous to take that step again because that was a tough step exit for them,” the Cake diva added.

On the work front, Saeed will next be seen in Ishrat Made in China, Aan, and Umro Ayyar - A New Beginning.

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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