Shaan Shahid shares his two cents on working in Bollywood

Web Desk 07:11 PM | 28 Feb, 2023
Shaan Shahid shares his two cents on working in Bollywood
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In recent times, Shaan Shahid has been in the news for his comments about working in Bollywood, which has often been misconstrued, leading to larger debates about artistic freedom and patriotism.

Recently, the Zarrar star called out Javed Akhtar, a celebrated Indian lyricist, for his controversial comments about the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Shahid expressed his reservations about Akhtar being granted a visa to enter Pakistan, given his alleged hatred for the country. Akhtar was attending Lahore's Faiz Festival at the time.

In a newly surfaced video, the Arth actor has once again shared his displeasure about India and its artists. In an interview with a local publication, Shahid was asked why he had not chosen to work in Bollywood or on an Indian project. He responded with a rather confusing analogy, leaving many scratching their heads.

Shahid's comments have once again stirred up controversy and ignited a debate about cross-border collaborations and the entertainment industry's role in politics. It remains to be seen how this issue will be resolved, but it is clear that Shahid's opinions have not gone unnoticed.

According to the actor, "If you are a good doctor, then you would typically offer your services in places where there is poverty and widespread illness." He further stated, "Similarly, I work in Pakistani films to entertain my audience, who are deprived of entertainment. This land needs me more, as it has nourished me into the artist that I am today, and therefore, Pakistanis have a right to my work."

When asked about the idea of art transcending borders, Shaan Shahid responded, "Well, they should try acquiring a visa first." The actor has been vocal about his stance on not working in Bollywood and his support for Pakistani cinema. In a previous interview, he spoke about rejecting offers from Bollywood, including Aamir Khan's Ghajini, and the backlash he faced for it.

"I keep receiving offers and I keep refusing them. And after saying no to some from Bollywood, things I've had to face in Pakistan were unreal," Shaan shared. He explained that the character he was offered for Ghajini was something "anyone in India could've done" and that he asked why they wanted a Pakistani actor for the role. The character was a villain involved in the selling of body parts of children, and Shaan felt that it was not a character that suited him.

He further added, "If you're India's heavyweight, I am Pakistan's heavyweight, I won't lose a fight for money." Shaan believes that Pakistani cinema needs him more, and his audience deserves to be entertained by him. Despite the idea that art can transcend borders, Shaan's patriotism and loyalty lie with his home country, and he continues to work in Pakistani films to contribute to his nation's entertainment industry.

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In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

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KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


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