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Why Pervez junked his Qurbani DVD

Normally, to become a persona non grata one has to be a, well, persona grata. In the case of Feroze Khan, his last ?major? achievement has been appearing in a paan masala ad with his son.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 02:02 IST


Nazia Haasan would have been upset, but times have moved on since the release of the Feroze Khan-Zeenat Aman-Vinod Khanna starrer, Qurbani, a film much remembered because of the late Pakistani singer’s hit song ‘Aap jaisa koi’. In 1981, when Zia-ul-Haq was Pakistan’s president, the then Indian Minister of External Affairs, P.V. Narasimha Rao, visited Pakistan declaring that India was “unequivocally committed to respect Pakistan’s national unity, territorial integrity, and sovereign equality”, and most importantly, Feroze Khan had hair on his head.

Twenty-five years later, an epilated (and according to some, inebriated) Khan creates an Indo-Pak ruckus by remarking at the Lahore premiere of his brother’s film that he is a “proud Indian”, that “India is a secular country” (so far, so good) and that “our films are so powerful that your government could not stop them for long”. And the clincher: “Pakistan was made in the name of Islam but look how the Muslims are killing each other.” It’s not known whether General Musharraf regularly took out his Qurbani DVD before the snafu, but thanks to his ‘slip of tongue’, Khan is now a persona non grata in Pakistan.

Normally, to become a persona non grata one has to be a, well, persona grata. In the case of Feroze Khan, his last ‘major’ achievement has been appearing in a paan masala ad with his son. With Mr Musharraf doing him the honours, the ex-actor may just have received a fresh lease of life — although for Pakistanis only.