After 70 years I realized that I can not stay in India as a Muslim: Naseeruddin Shah


January 21, 2020

Naseeruddin Shah

69-year-old Bollywood legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed disappointment over the current situation in India, saying that after 70 years he has started to realize that he cannot stay in India as a ‘Muslim’.

The award-winning actor, for the first time, broke the silence over the controversial citizenship law created by the Indian government in December 2019.

In an exclusive interview to ‘The Wire’, Naseeruddin Shah said that even after 70 years, he needed to prove that he was a ‘Muslim’, as well as an Indian and his evidence, should not be denied.

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He questioned that he is living in India for 70 years and working there is not proof of his Indianness, so what should he do?

In that context, the actor said that he and his family did not think that it was difficult to remain Muslim in India till now, but now they have realized that they cannot remain in India as ‘Muslims’.

Naseeruddin Shah

According to Naseeruddin Shah, he now fears for his Muslim identity and at the same time, he is worried.

Speaking on controversial citizenship law, Naseeruddin Shah said he was surprised at the silence of Bollywood’s most influential actors in this sensitive issue.

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India made the Controversial Citizenship Act in December 2019 under which citizens of six religions, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Persians who came to India by December 31, 2014, from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be granted citizenship.

Under the aforementioned law, Muslims coming from all three countries will not be granted citizenship.