Actor Anupam Kher who was supposed to attend the Karachi literary festival and was denied a visa by the Pakistan government said he wasn’t angry but hurt and upset by the gesture, “I am not angry with anybody, I am hurt and upset and somewhere feeling wanting to know the reason that out of 18 people why only me has been singled out not to go” he said at an exclusive press conference here in Mumbai.
Notifying the reasons behind his visa denial Kher, the 60 year old actor said he could guess the reason, “The book of mine for which I am asked to attend the festival is not at all controversial. It is about life coaching. I was looking forward to meeting people there. I feel either I am a Kashmiri Pandit and I am not playing the card of being a Kashmiri Pandit to divide people or I have spoken about the issues like ‘intolerance’. I have taken a stand and applauded our Prime minister. Otherwise there is no logical reason that is coming in my mind that why this visa has been denied to me. This happens for the third time.”
Speaking on the recent cancellation of Gazal maestro Ghulam Ali in Mumbai, the actor believes, “While Ghulam Ali saab’s concert is cancelled in Mumbai he was invited to Kolkata and other places to perform there. So when there is a feeling of friendship is growing between two countries, this incident (denial of visa) works as a speed breaker which is totally uncalled for.”
The ‘Saaransh’ actor hopes people who were voicing for Politics and art should not be mixed should raise their voice against his rejection for visa as an artist.