Javed Sheikh is a Pakistani actor who is well known to Bollywood and Indian audiences as well. He has played supporting roles in a number of Hindi films that include ‘Namastey London’, ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Tamasha’, ‘Jannat’, ‘Dus’ and many others. He has appeared in the film ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ with his actress daughter Momal Sheikh. Apart from this, he has appeared in a number of television programs as well, such as ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’, ‘Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain’, ‘Ishq Gumshuda’ and much more.
Recently, Javed Sheikh appeared in an interview on a Pakistani television channel where his son Shehzad Sheikh also accompanied him. The interviewer was popular Pakistani journalist Wajahat Saeed Khan. In the interview, both Javed Sheikh and his son can be seen saying some really good words about India and its hospitality. The 2 minute 38 seconds long video of this conversation was uploaded by World News on September 17 and has already crossed 1,79,000 views.
During the conversation, Wajahat Saeed says 99 percent Pakistanis haven’t worked in India or visited India, yet they have always heard of a narrative of hatred between the two countries and goes on to ask Javed Sheikh if he gets respect when he visits India. To this, Javed replies that he is accorded with 100 percent respect in India. Javed also says that the image of hatred and enmity between both the countries is created by media on both sides.
Wajahat says that professionals get a lot of respect in India but asks would that be so with a common man as well. At this question, Shehzad Sheikh interrupted and said that even common people from Pakistan visiting India get a lot of respect and hospitality. He goes on to share his experience of his visit to India when a taxi driver and street vendor refused to accept money from him as a gesture of welcome when he said that has come from Pakistan. Shehzad says that people on both sides of the border love each other a lot but when it comes to politics and cricket, the situation is completely different.
This says a great deal about the welcoming and friendly nature of Indians for Pakistanis and that of Pakistanis like Javed Sheikh and his son Shehzad Sheikh who feel that a lot of love exists between people living on both sides of the border that has mostly been seen as a controversial issue ever since India got independence and got divided into India and Pakistan.
You can watch the video of the discussion between Wajahat Saeed, Javed Sheikh and Shehzad Sheikh below: