Anupam Kher says he won't respond to Naseeruddin Shah's comment: He's my senior and I love him
Naseeruddin Shah had said that he would not like to enter into a dialogue with Anupam Kher as the latter did not 'talk reasonably.'
Asserting that disagreements happen as you go through life, actor Anupam Kher on Thursday said he will not engage with his senior and A Wednesday co-star Naseeruddin Shah through the media because they can always reach out to each other and hug it out.
Kher and Shah, who have known each other since their student days in Delhi's National School of Drama (NSD), have often sparred over their ideological differences.
The most recent instance was when Shah said in a video interview that the death of a cow was being given more importance than that of a cop. His comments, including on religious violence, came in the aftermath of the lynching of a police office and a man in Bulandshahr.
"There is freedom to say anything in the country so much so that you can abuse even the Army... How much more freedom do you want?" Kher said, when asked to respond.
On Thursday, Kher was more circumspect as he said Shah was a senior and respectable actor. Talking to reporters at the trailer launch of his upcoming film The Accidental Prime Minister, he said, "He is my senior. It is his interpretation and he has the right. I love him."
Kher also recalled an incident during the struggle days when he bought his first car and was noticed by Shah, his senior in NSD. "For me, that moment is more important. As life goes by, you can disagree with one another's ideas. He is a respectable actor and my senior. If I have to say anything, I will pick up the phone or go to his house and say, "Let's fight or hug it out'. I don't want to say anything through press," the actor said.
Shah had earlier stated that he would not like to enter any sort of dialogue with Kher as the latter "did not talk reasonably." Naseeruddin added that Kher's response to his statements on Bulandshahr violence had no connection with each other. Having had brothers and cousins serving the Indian Army, Naseeruddin added that he had the highest regard for the people in the forces.
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
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