Naseeruddin Shah wants to make a 'courageous' film on religion, says – it is harmful for humanity

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah never shies away from expressing his opinion on issues of social and national interest. He often openly expresses his views on freedom of expression and the impact of politics on cinema. He had arrived at the 77th Cannes Film Festival with actress and wife Ratna Pathak. During an interview, he had said that he wanted to make a 'courageous' film on religion. During a conversation with 'Brute India', Naseeruddin was asked whether he would have to choose a subject to make a film on any contemporary social issue. So what will he choose? He said, 'I will choose religion. I think that courageous films should be made on this issue, which we always think about.

Said 'religion' harmful to humanity

He further said, 'In my opinion this is one of the most harmful things that has happened to humanity and that is why I want to make a film on it, like the one I made in Pakistan many years ago, named Khuda. For, which was an important film, as important as Manthan. Although some people are trying to make a film on this subject and gradually their number may increase, but it would not be right to say anything right now. Someone has to get this message across in a different way.

Screening of 'Manthan' at Cannes Film Festival

Naseeruddin was accompanied by his wife Ratna Pathak Shah at the screening of 'Manthan' (1976) directed by Shyam Benegal. The film was selected in the Cannes Classics section. The film also featured Girish Karnad, Smita Patil and Amrish Puri in important roles. Prateik Babbar was also there to watch the premiere of his late mother's (Smita Patil) classic film.

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