Shivaay makers deny featuring Pakistani actress

Ajay Devgn’s upcoming Bollywood film Shivaay does not feature Pakistani actress Saba Qameer, the official representative of the movie said on Friday.

“Actress Saba Qamar or any other Pakistani actor or actress is not a part of ‘Shivaay’,” read a statement issued by the movie’s publicist on behalf of the filmmakers.

There was speculation that Saba is a part of the action-oriented thriller. But the clarification comes in the wake of ongoing developments wherein the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association have demanded a ban on Pakistani artistes working in India.

In an ensuing development, certain cinema chains in Pakistan have decided to withdraw the release and exhibition of Indian movies.

Shivaay is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn, who also stars in it. Also starring Vir Das, Sayyeshaa Saigal and Erika Kaar, the movie will hit the screens on October 28.

Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn came out strongly in support of actress Tannishtha Chatterjee and denounced humour that goes overboard and crosses limits.

Condemning the incident where Tannishtha was racially roasted on a comedy show, Ajay said, “There has to be a limit to humour. I haven’t seen the show but yes sometimes sense of humour goes overboard.”

The Shivaay actor also ridiculed the prevailing racist mindset in India that sees fair skinned people as beautiful at the expense of dark skinned ones.”People don’t become beautiful just because they are fair.

This is why we have so many fairness creams selling in our country. It is the mindset that we have to change. I have often noticed how many address waiters in India as, “Ae, come here.” The same person will go to a foreign country and call a waiter there with a much more dignified, “Excuse me.”