With all of this Ae Dil Hai Mushkil back and forth, one person has been remarkably silent, Fawad Khan himself. Moviemavengal just tweeted me a link (you should follow her on twitter, she is much better than me about tweeting news updates) to his Facebook post on the topic.
Isn’t it interesting that Fawad in Pakistan hanging out at home with his newborn daughter is able to write something that I am reading in Chicago hours later? Both that he was able to issue this statement without going through any official media source or PR channels, just putting it up on Facebook. And that the internet was able to disperse it throughout the world instantly. Heck, that Fawad was able to sit at home in Pakistan and browse online and find out that Bombay was getting all kinds of excited about what was going on with him. Oh, and here’s the statement:
I’ve been in Lahore since July as my wife and I had been expecting our second child.
I’ve received numerous requests from the media and from well wishers worldwide asking me for my thoughts on the sad incidents that took place in the past few weeks. As a father of two little children, I pray and wish like many others that together we can build and live in a more peaceful world. I believe we owe it to our children who will shape our tomorrow.
This is the first time I have spoken on the matter. Please disregard any other words attributed to me during this time because I have not said them. I thank all my fans and fellow artists from Pakistan, India and people in general all over the world who have shown continued support for their belief in love and understanding to unite a divisive world.
So long as we are talking about statements, Mahira Khan, the heroine in Raees who has been dealing with complaints from Indian politicians for a full year, as you can see from her Halloween costume last year, has also issued a statement. Well, sort of.
She tweeted a link to a Facebook post by another Pakistani. The original post is very nice, a message of looking towards the similarities and bonds between the two countries, not the things that pull them apart. Follow the link if you want a nice read and maybe a few teary eyes!