Mumbai: Veteran actor and a member of Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), Raza Murad has expressed his unhappiness over having Pakistani artistes in the Indian showbiz industry.
Murad, who has primarily acted as a villain in films does not appreciate Pakistani actress Veena Malik’s regular visits to India. Moreover, he feels she is Pakistan’s answer to queen of sleazy controversies Rakhi Sawant.
Expressing his take on the influx of artistes from across the border, Murad, while talking to a tabloid said, “I’m sorry to say Veena Malik is the Pakistani counterpart of Rakhi Sawant. She keeps flying between the two countries as though she’s commuting between Bandra and Malad. But for us Indians it`s easier to go to the moon than visit Pakistan.”
Veena, who became a house hold name post her slimy ‘Bigg Boss’ stint is now in India to start working on her Bollywood projects. She is also struggling and controversy stricken actor Ashmit Patel’s alleged ladylove.
However, the two actors have categorically denied sharing a romantic relationship with each other!
Reportedly, Veena has taken a 7 star apartment on rent in Mumbai.
Murad, who also happens to be the chairperson of the joint settlement dispute committee of the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) does not believe in hiring Pakistani artistes as Indian artistes have never been invited or entertained in Pakistan.
Talking about filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s efforts to bridge the gap between the two countries, Murad said, “I respect Bhatt Saab`s gesture. He calls Pakistani artistes with good intentions. "Lekin saamne wale ki neeyat bhi to achchi honi chahiye. We`re never invited to their country. Even if we are, we never get the visas on time.”
The veteran seems to be irked the way celebrities from across the border have been making the most of the opportunity India gives them. He said, “Sportspersons, mediapersons and entertainers from Pakistan thoroughly enjoy our hospitality.
But the warmth is totally one-sided. They make crores in India. But do not disclose their income and head straight to the airport after making their money and abusing our hospitality.”
India, which is now home to music-director-singer Adnan Sami and singer-actress Salma Agha of Pakistani origin, has always welcomed people irrespective of their background.
“Others like Madame Salma Agha and Mr Adnan Sami who are staying in India for years, are enjoying every facility given to an Indian citizen. Forget Atithee tum kab jaoge, our attitude is, Atithee tum kab aaoge, (We never wait for the guests to leave but we earnestly wait for them to come)," said the veteran.