Actor Naseeruddin Shah spoke about Hindi films following a pattern of stereotyping certain communities from the early days of cinema. He also said that we love to laugh at others’ miseries, while not being able to laugh at ourselves.
Naseeruddin Shah shared his feelings on how Hindi cinema has been consistently using stereotypes to portray communities and make fun of others. The veteran actor felt that films have been encouraging people to make fun of communities like the Sikhs or the Parsis, but when it comes to laughing at ourselves, people get sensitive.
He was part of a panel discussion at a cultural event last December in New Delhi along with his wife, actor Ratna Pathak Shah, where he spoke about the generalization of humor.
A video of the actors speaking at the panel shared on Twitter and Naseeruddin expanded on how Hindi films have following a pattern of stereotyping from the early days of cinema. He felt nothing much has changed since then.
Several Twitter users agreed with the veteran actor’s assessment. One fan stated, “Very well said by Naseer ji! It applies to our society…perhaps all of us…” While another commented, “Sahi Hai na (That’s correct). We were there at this session and the entire discussion was very practical and inward-looking.”
The actor and his wife attended the Jashn-e-Rekhta event in December 2022. Speaking on a panel, Naseeruddin stated, “Hindi film hasn’t left any community alone, which community has they spared, tell me. They are masters of stereotyping. Sikhs made fun of, Parsis made fun of, Christians were made fun of… the Muslim was always the selfless friend, who used to lose his life saving the hero’s life at the end. But he used to die.”