KARACHI: Veere Di Wedding star Swara Bhasker has offended many Pakistani fans by an interview she gave to an Indian journalist recently. In it, Bhasker is questioned about her feelings towards VDW being banned in Pakistan and in response to the question, she calls Pakistan a “failing state..that’s run by Shariah laws”. She further added fuel to the fire by saying that Indians shouldn’t care about the “silly things” that happen in Pakistan. Naturally, many Pakistanis were extremely hurt by these statements, especially since many were rooting for the film and were extremely unhappy about it being banned.
However, this isn’t the first time Bhasker has called Pakistan a failed state. In an interview in 2016, Bhasker commented on the rising tension between India and Pakistan post 2016’s Uri attack. She again called Pakistan a “failed state”, one that has “no law and order”.
Regardless, many feel that an artist should bridge gaps instead of further dividing the two countries and many of our celebrities took the opportunity to say that to Bhasker. Singer Momina Mustehsan and Janaan star Armeena Rana Khan both felt that the comments were hateful
On the other hand, Mehwish Hayat felt that one cannot ignore 70 years of history and bad blood between the two countries.
However Urwa Hocane, the first to respond to Bhasker, simply left this video on her twitter feed to point out Bhasker’s changing statements over the years.