Recently, an American friend of mine visited me in Mumbai. Over a glass of beer he made a telling comment. “Look man” he said “India is basically a Hindu nation with 85% people professing the Hindu faith, yet in Mumbai films the majority of heroines for the last 7 decades are Muslim. They are the heart throb of the Hindus masses.”
I might add that this man was a colleague of mine at the staff college and had become an Indofile. This was a revelation to me and I went back in time, both on the net and the
Most of the Muslim heroines did not migrate to Pakistan and except for the odd Noor Jahan all
The times have not changed and 60 years down the line the picture is not much different as another string of heroines from the Muslim world like Katrina Kaif, Tabbu, Zia Khan, Nargis Fakih among others adorn the Hindi screen. This is the beauty of India, its freedom and secularism and Salman Rushdie had rightly brought out at the India Today conclave, that howsoever bad India becomes , Pakistan will be worse. Can anyone imagine a Hindu heroine in Pakistan?
All I can say its noon time by my watch and time to have a glass of beer and a toast to the beauty of Muslim women stars who sell dreams to the Hindu masses.