For the first time in India, legendary Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has spoken openly about his wife’s religion and about a conspiracy to cause Hindu-Muslim riots in the name of ‘love jihad’.
Speaking to Karwan e Mohabbat, a digital media platform, Naseeruddin Shah said that he was harassed when once in the past had he said that killing of an animal (cow) was being given more importance than a human (Muslim) in India.
Talking about the growing religious extremism in India, he said that similar hatred is now being created between Muslims and Hindus in India in the name of ‘Love Jihad’.
Naseeruddin Shah said that the drama in the name of ‘Love Jihad’ in the state of Uttar Pradesh or other states is being done only to create hatred between Muslims and Hindus.
He said that marriages in the name of ‘Love Jihad’ are a distant dream and people would not like to see each other and this drama is being created by those who do not even know the meaning of Jihad.
Nasruddin Shah, citing the example of his marriage on the same issue, said that his wife Ratna Phatak is a Hindu and when he was getting married, his mother had asked him if he would change his wife’s religion.
The actor said that he had told his mother how he could change the religion of Ratna Phatak, to which the mother also admitted that no one could really change anyone’s religion.
According to the senior actor, he has not taught his children much about religion and he wants them to follow that faith.
He clarified that hatred is being spread only in the name of ‘Love Jihad’ and Hindus are afraid that Muslims may have more children and outnumber Hindus.
Naseer-ud-Din Shah said even if Muslims have more children in India, they cannot outnumber Hindus.
Naseeruddin Shah’s wife actress Ratna Phathak has acted in dozens of films. Photo: Hindustan Times
It should be noted that Hindu extremists keep accusing Muslim men of forcing them to become Muslims by marrying Hindu women through ‘Lo Jihad’.
At the same time, they allege that Muslim boys try to have more children by loving Hindu girls under a systematic plan and then marrying them and converting them to Islam.
Remember that 70-year-old Naseeruddin Shah has three children, they got married twice.
Naseeruddin Shah got married for the first time to a woman named Murad Parveen who died. He got married to actress Ratna Phatak Shah for the second time in 1982.
Naseeruddin Shah has three children. He has acted in dozens of classic and art films.
His wife is also a well-known actress, who has also acted in dozens of films.