Bollywood actors should be given an opportunity to act in Pakistani films to promote friendly relations between the two countries, actor Shatrughan Sinha has said
"This will promote bonhomie between the countries and give credence to efforts to shed hostilities of the past and forge friendly ties," he said adding many Pakistani actors privately support this "two way traffic".
Sinha, who has been a frequent visitor to Pakistan and enjoys a close relationship with late military dictator Zia-ul-Haq's family, lamented Pakistan restricting Indian actors and singers from performing in that country.
"Zia-ul-Haq's youngest daughter Zen Zia is a great fan of me and I make it a point to attend her birthday in July every year," he told reporter at the Simla Press Club yesterday.
Songs of Lata Mangeskar are very popular in Pakistan but her hits are dubbed by some other singers of that country.
Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan are very popular in that country and people see their movies secretly on CDs, he added.
Talking about his own film career, Sinha said he had not said goodbye to Bollywood. "A few good films are lying with me for which I have consented. The shooting of one of the film is going to start soon".
"I have decided to do one film at a time because I cannot be totally off from political activities... I have to divide time judiciously between the two," the BJP MP said.
"I got name and fame from Bollywood... How can I be away from the world of cinema...There is no no question of saying goodbye to films," he added.
"Even as a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, I had taken permission from the prime minister to do a movie
, the actor said.
Sinha, who is popularly known as Shotgun said, "apprehension of a mid-term parliamentary poll is deterring me from giving time for shooting movies".
Asked if his two sons Luv and Kush are interested in a Bollywood career, Sinha said a film featuring Luv is expected to hit the silver screen soon.
Kush is interested in direction and has also done course in that, he said adding "it might be that Kush will direct a film in which Luv will be in the leading role."
Sinha favoured financing of films by banks and other financial institutions on easy conditions to end the role of underworld in funding movies.