He may not be escorting Geeta home, but Salman Khan is getting as close to his Bajrangi Bhaijaan role as he can get.
His blockbuster hit, based on a fictional story of a speech-impaired, six-year-old girl Munni who stumbled across the Pak-India border, has renewed interest in the real-life case of 23-year oldGeeta, a speech-impaired Indian woman who’s being cared for by the Edhi Foundation since she accidentally wandered into Pakistan 13 years ago. Geeta is unable to communicate where her home and family is, and no one from India has reached out to claim her so far.
Doing his part as advocate, Salman stressed at a press conference yesterday that “[s]he must be having her own family and friends [in Pakistan]. We should make sure her life out here is a lot better than it was there, otherwise phir point kya hai [what’s the point of bringing her back?]”
He added, “We should thank the NGO in Pakistan (Edhi Foundation, which has looked after Geeta all these years) for supporting her and giving her a good life. We should respect the fact that they have kept an Indian there for such a long time.”
He also said that if Geeta wanted to meet him, he “would be happy to” fulfil her wish.
Last week, Bajrangi Bhaijaan director Kabir Khan told the press that the film’s makers were trying to spread Geeta’s story. On that occasion, Salman had pointed out that the job of bringing Geeta home is the Indian government’s. “For us to try and find out [who her parents are] would be difficult. [If we escort her to the wrong parents,] then she would be unhappy with us so let the government take care.”