MUMBAI MIRROR (July 6, 2017)

Ratna Pathak Shah, who has played mother to Fawad Khan in Khoobsurat and Kapoor & Sons, says she would like to see more participation across nations in arts and working with Pakistani actors is not an “insurmountable problem“.

Fawad, already a big name in Pakistan, became a heart-throb in India after his debut with the Sonam Kapoor-starrer Khoobsurat in 2014. However, the clamour against Pakistani artists just before the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which featured Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in prominent roles, prompted him to leave the country.

Asked if not letting Fawad Khan work in India was a problem, Ratna was quoted as saying, “It is a problem but it's not an insurmountable problem. Nobody is unhappy that these poor guys have been thrown out of the business. I don't know what that says about the people who went after Fawad and saw to it that he'll never get to work again. I would like to see much more participation across nations in arts. Art is one area where we can make connections. We can hear different stories. We can look at the world with fresh eyes.“