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Sir, "Bollywood's secular image" (Aug. 24) is not very clear. An actor plays the role he/she is given. So what is remarkable about Hindu characters being played by Muslim actors? Or, for that matter, Muslims singing bhajans?
It is Bollywood's stereotypes that are worrisome. A Muslim is usually in a `sherwani' and spouts Urdu poetry. The hero's sidekick belonging to another religion speaks in chaste and Sanskritised Hindi. Muslim girls are either shy to the extreme or they challenge the men to a qawwali. Secularism has to aim beyond worship and tolerance for faiths and take religion beyond convention. We haven't been able to do this.
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