Nimrat Kaur: I can’t give impulsive reactions on a sensitive topic
Actor Nimrat Kaur believes in speaking her heart out and doesn’t really care if it is not in tune with the prevailing thought of the day. Recently, actors Sushant Singh Rajput’s and Parineeti Chopra’s refusal to comment on the sensitive Kulbhushan Jhadav case (about an Indian national, who has been given death sentence by a military court in Pakistan), sparked a debate on whether it’s right to expect celebrities and public figures to have an opinion on everything under the sun.
Reacting to this, Nimrat says that she too has been in similar situations, where she was asked about subjects, which she wasn’t well informed about. “I can’t give impulsive reactions on a sensitive topic, so I absolutely refrain from talking about it. I politely try to just remain quiet or say that this is not the right time to talk about it. That’s actually the only way to not give further attention to something that should not be happening.”
Nimrat, who has worked in films such as The Lunchbox and Airlift, further feels that one has to be extra cautious of not being captured by cameras at the wrong time. “While on a stage, if the spotlight is on me, and I can see cameras are pointing towards me, I [try to] maintain a graceful silence. It’s very important not to react, or else that two-second clip will be replayed on TV channels over and over again and you would be made to look like someone who knows nothing about what’s happening in the country.”
Maintaining that everybody can’t know everything, Nimrat adds, “Many people, half of the times, haven’t watched the biggest of films, which actors would expect them to watch. So, if we talk about it professionally, everybody cannot watch or know current affairs or be everywhere or have the know-how of everything.”
Nimrat also points out that since an actor is mostly travelling and shooting at remote locations, it’s tough to keep track of newsy developments. “And then when we come back to Mumbai, so much has happened — newspapers are flooded, social media is going crazy about some controversy or the other. And suddenly we’re bombarded with questions, ‘Can you please answer this’, and if then we choose not to answer, why is that’s a problem?” she asks..
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