Sopaan, New Delhi May 30, 2009 Sat 11:38 PM
Yes !! I have travelled to Delhi. We shoot here for ‘PAA’, Abhishek and I. And I have to be up at 2:30 am to start my prosthetics for the shoot to start by 7 AM !!
I have but just this to say.
I am simply overwhelmed by the volume of response that has come my way in the shape of comments and in the shape of votes to the POLL question. My gratitude has no bounds. I am without sufficient words or expression. I feel today like the elder in the family – a family that has lived and grown with me through strife and struggle and happiness and joy. You are an amazing community ! And I am truly blessed to have you with me.
I have with great consideration written what I had to write and said and behaved in a manner that my heart understood. I have complied with the thoughts of some, and with some I have not. My only argument is that you need to be in my skin to be able to assuage my issues. That is all.
On Australia I have written to the University thus -
I write to you with a heavy heart on a matter that has now reached extremely sensitive proportions.
I have been reading and watching through the media the most unfortunate and violent attacks on Indian students in Australia; some of them lying in a most critical condition in hospital. I have observed with utter dismay the anguish that these incidents have caused to the families of those who have become unfortunate victims.
The Queensland University of Technology has very graciously offered only last week, to confer an Honorary Doctorate to me for my contribution to the world of entertainment.
Under the prevailing circumstances I find it inappropriate at this juncture, to accept this decoration. My conscience is profoundly unsettled at the moment and there seems to be a moral disjuncture between the suffering of these students and my own approbation.
I have the highest respect for your illustrious Institution and wish to express my deepest regard for the recognition it bestows me with. I do not wish to offend in any manner this kind gesture by the Queensland University of Technology, but I do hope that you will understand my present feelings.
With warm regards,
I must rest now. There is barely a couple of hours left for me to awake and get to work. But when I surface after my day’s work I shall wish to address my EF with greater elaboration. Thank you.