Naseeruddin Shah in a recent interview had claimed that the Sindhi language isn’t spoken in Pakistan anymore. However, on Thursday, the veteran actor apologised for his 'error' after being called out by Sindhi speakers, including many celebs, in Pakistan.
In an official statement released on his Facebook page, Naseeruddin Shah spoke about how his remarks on the Sindhi and Marathi languages led to 'two completely unnecessary controversies'.
The veteran actor’s apology was lauded by Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui. Adnan, who has often slammed Bollywood films for ‘misrepresentation’ of Pakistanis, has reacted to Naseeruddin Shah's Facebook post.
He took to Twitter on Thursday and along with a screenshot of Naseeruddin Shah’s apology note wrote, “Apologising for a mistake is indeed a true testament to a person's character and intellect. Naseer sahab’s recent gesture has only deepened my admiration for him. It takes strength and humility to acknowledge one's errors and take responsibility for them.”
Apologising for a mistake is indeed a true testament to a person's character and intellect. Naseer sahib's recent gesture has only deepened my admiration for him. It takes strength and humility to acknowledge one's errors and take responsibility for them. pic.twitter.com/fX8T3M11mV— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) June 8, 2023
Naseeruddin Shah responded to the recent controversies surrounding his remarks on the Sindhi and Marathi languages. In his latest post, he acknowledged his misstatements and clarified his intentions. He wrote, "Two completely unnecessary controversies seem to have erupted. over things I’ve said recently. One regarding my mis-statement about the Sindhi language in Pakistan. I was in error there."
He also clarified his remarks about the relationship between Marathi and Farsi languages, further writing in his post, "The second over what I’m supposed to have said about the relationship between Marathi and Farsi. My exact words were “many Marathi words are of Farsi origin.” My intention was not to run down the Marathi language but to talk of how diversity enriches all cultures Urdu itself is a mix of Hindi Farsi Turkish and Arabic. English has borrowed words from all European languages not to mention Hindustani and I suppose that is true of every language spoken on earth.