Adnan Siddiqui, the Pakistani actor who played Sridevi’s husband in Ravi Udyavar’s Mom shares his details on working with the veteran actress and how the people of Pakistan are ecstatic about the collaboration between two nations. The actor also spoke about failing relationship between India and Pakistan and why it is the need of an hour for the artistes to rise above the politics. Here are some other details from the interview.
A good product is well-received everywhere. People here in Pakistan have loved the film and are ecstatic about the collaboration between the two nations.
Obviously it is a sad feeling when you are not able to promote a project you have spent tiring days and nights working on. But then you are relieved that the promotion lies in more than capable hands, for the likes of Sridevi and Nawaazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna.
I wouldn't go as far as saying there's resentment to this situation. But I would agree it is hurting the relations between artists of both the countries. The politics may steer a situation in any direction but the people of both countries love and respect art for what it is. They don't see passports when they purchase a ticket, they see a film.
No matter how hard people try, our cultural ties will come out strong. We share more than just the colour of our skins, we share history, we share values, we share customs and it is just a matter of time we will start sharing our artists, directors, writers, technicians on a large scale too. I honestly believe we can find peace in art.
No, it isn't. As I said, people of the both countries are smart enough not get themselves into politically incorrect situations. My production of "Seeta Bagri" was extremely well perceived and people in Pakistan supported its message of tolerance and brotherhood.
Once I got the offer, I couldn't resist myself from saying yes since I knew I would be playing a role against Sridevi and I was also aware that Sajal Ali from Pakistan, who is a beautiful actress, is part of the cast. The political hostility as you say did create hurdles for the film. However, it was Boney Kapoor Saab who became the leader and crisis-breaker, sorted out the production issues and took us all home for a win.
My journey in the media industry started with my modeling career and it took off with a casual role in a drama serial. People were extremely kind in accepting me as an actor when I knew nothing and since then, I am trying to prove to them, my fans, that they were right about me.
The New Cinema, as I like to call it, is a growing baby. There are a lot of players with growing ambitions, hence it is creating opportunities all across the board which is a beautiful sight. However, since it is an evolving industry, we will need time to eradicate the mistakes and enhance the strengths.
Mom is a crime-thriller directed by debutant director Ravi Udyavar. It features Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Pakistani actress Sajal Ali in the lead roles. It released worldwide on 8th July 2017.
(With IANS Inputs)
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