Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan arrived in Mysuru yesterday along with his wife Sutapa Sikdar to extend his support to the Badanavalu Satyagraha, which has been promoting sustainable living and has gained momentum throughout the State.
Irrfan Khan also stayed overnight at Badanavalu with his guru Prasanna, former Rangayana Director. On his arrival, Irrfan had an interaction with media persons at Mysore District Journalists’ Association (MDJA) office on his association with the Badanavalu movement.
During his interaction, Irrfan Khan said that it was important to stop villagers from migrating to cities which are already overloaded with people and suffering from unplanned development. “If villagers leave their lands and come to cities, they will be left with nothing. In fact, they would be forced to work under someone,” he added.
Citing the example of Mahatma Gandhi’s support to cottage and small industries, the actor said that the villagers should become self-efficient in the interest of country’s development. “It is important to create awareness among the people that products from villages are important to us. Dependency on foreign products will grow if we do not support our own products,” said Irrfan Khan.
When asked about Badanavalu movement, the actor said that he was curious when he came to know about the movement. He added that he was eager to visit Badanavalu, the place which Gandhiji visited to witness the function of handloom industries. “It is a unique concept and such movements should happen to protect our tradition, instead of adopting the western culture which is a use-and-throw culture,” he said.
To a question related to Deepika Padukone’s much talked ‘My Choice’ video that has gone viral, Irrfan said, “Come out of it. It’s over. You only need give it the importance that it deserves. Watch ‘Piku’, my upcoming movie, in which I have acted with Deepika. You will enjoy.”
Continuing with ‘Piku’, Irrfan said that the movie had come out well and that people who watch the movie will start loving their parents and those with kids will start enjoying parenthood.
Irrfan also said that he would be off to the US soon, to shoot his upcoming Hollywood flick ‘Inferno’ in which he will be starring alongside Tom Hanks.
Later, he left for Badanavalu where he stayed overnight along with theatre person Prasanna and others involved in the Badanavalu movement. His wife Sutapa Sikdar, Rangayana Director H. Janardhan, MDJA President K. Deepak and General Secretary K. J. Lokesh Babu were present during the interaction at Pathrakarthara Bhavan.
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