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Muslims have always been highlighted as the enemy, says Sanam Saeed on Bollywood’s stereotyping

Bollywood’s Muslim stereotype is on the agenda after clips from Netflix India’s newest movie Mission Majnu started circulating on social media. Centuries-old visual signs are marked – a man with vernier-rimmed eyes spitting adaab at every sentence on Pakistan’s nuclear-weapons-making ground. Actress Sanam Saeed spoke Brut India About this kind of stereotyping and Bollywood’s ban on Pakistani artists, he says he doesn’t understand why politics should engage in cultural collaboration.

This Zindagi Gulzar Hai actor shared his favorite Bollywood movie — Queen – naming the associativity factor as the cause. “This wasn’t a show,” he said, and the conversation shifted to the way Muslims are usually captured through the lens of Bollywood.

“Of course, we always make fun of the portrayal of Muslims in Indian movies. kajol [kohl], Prayer that ball [prayer cap] and green somewhere in the background to show that it is a Muslim person or Muslim community. It gets very politicized, they are always highlighted as enemies.” He added that he did not see any projects in which the two countries were friendly and cooperated. He believes that “collaborations happen at all levels” is far from reality.

Jumping to the time before the ban was enforced, he said it wasn’t a shock to see the rise of cross-border cultural exchange. “It was exciting, the time had come. It felt so exciting, so liberating and kind of complete that these two centers of culture, creativity and arts finally collaborated to create even greater things.

She juxtaposed her feelings after the ban was introduced due to the Uri attack in 2016. “It was a bit of a rude awakening, it was confusing – what’s the point of mixing politics with art and culture? Tragic but also, I think we’ve all gotten over it, that’s what happened – you can’t fight it, there’s nothing you can do about it. Other than things like that, what we’re doing now The artist added that despite everything, the artists are trying to move on and work together. “Unfortunate, very tragic and unfortunate.”

When asked about Mahira Khan’s comments about being cautious about undertaking Indian OTT projects that emerged during Saeed’s starring ZEE5‘s Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam He said their situation was different. “I’ve never worked in Bollywood – it’s not Bollywood, Bollywood is a whole different ball game. It was forbidden to put my foot in the door. fawad [Khan] and Mahira were indeed at the hardest point, so I’m sure they were nervous and frightened by the way they were treated.

“It’s definitely a confusing place when you’re here one second and completely letting go the next. “I can understand why Mahira was nervous to take that step again because it was a difficult exit for them.”

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