MUMBAI: Actress Sandeepa Dhar says she has a lot of respect for veteran actor Anupam Kher because he has been talking about the issue of Kashmiri Pandits.
"Being a Kashmiri myself, I have a lot of respect for Anupam sir because he's talking about the issue of Kashmiri Pandits," Sandeepa told IANS. "We've been having this issue for 25 to 30 years now. Who has come to the rescue of Kashmiri Pandits? The government has not helped us. Whatever Kashmiri Pandits have achieved today and the way they have rebuilt their lives is because of their own hard work and education." "We are one of the most educated people in the country. We lived in tents and our parents struggled to ensure that their kids got a good education," she added. Sandeepa also shared the struggles her family had to face over the years. "To be honest, as a Kashmiri myself, my family and I moved out because of the militancy problem in the 1990s. We are Kashmiri migrants. I know how difficult it has been for my family to pack their suitcases overnight and leave a state where they have spent their entire lives." "I have seen my parents starting from a scratch. All our property and everything was left behind there." The actress will be seen in "7 Hours To Go", directed by Saurabh Verma. Also starring Varun Badola and Natasa Stankovic, the film will release on June 24.