Susan disappointed with Obama over Afghan policy

YUGANK NAIK, PANAJI | 22 November 2013 22:54 IST

Hollywood actor and Academy award winner Susan Sarandon said US President Barak Obama was a big disappointment and criticized his policy about Afghanistan.

Speaking at the Master Class organised at IFFI today, Susan said: “I am disappointed with Obama as well as the Democratic Party in US.”

“People in US were extremely unhappy with Bush administration and his policies. You were called anti-American if you had questioned undemocratic acts. That is the reason people were riding high on Obama”, said famous Hollywood actor.

 “And now again there is a feeling of disappointment among Americans. I personally had no much expectation, but I am highly disappointed. Imagine if I was a mother in Afghanistan”, said the 67-year old Susan.

Conducting the interactive session later, NDTV managing editor Barkha Dutt asked her reaction on Nobel Peace prize to Obama.

“Obama does not deserve Nobel Peace Prize as he has failed to pull out troops from Afghanistan”, she replied instantly.

She also took a dig at actor-turned-politician and former US President Ronald Reagan, but without taking his name: “Bad actors become politicians.”

Not having enough knowledge about Indian cinema, Susan said if she is ever offered a film here she would have to satisfy herself with the role of a "stupid American tourist".

"I would love to make a film here in India. I have not decided on the subject as of now. It could be inspired by a relative who lived for some time in India. I would not mind doing a role in a Bollywood film if it came my way provided it is appropriate," said Susan.

"But I would not like to take a job away from any Indian actress. I hope makers give me a role of an American. Probably some stupid American tourist that comes here and does not speak the language," she added.

"Being in films is a great job. I have no regrets or complain. The complaint about lack of privacy is a complete nonsense. I think you can use your celebrity status to give voice to the voiceless," said Susan, who has been working in the field of youth advocacy since 1999 as UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.

The multiple awards winner says among all her films she cherishes Dead Man Walking the most since she had not only starred in it but also helped produce the film adaptation of the book by anti-death penalty crusader Sister Helen Prejean, a Louisiana-based nun, who was the spiritual counselor to Mathew Poncelet, an unprecedented Death Row killer, played on screen by Sean Penn.

UNICEF's programme on gender discrimination took her all over India but not to Kerala and Goa, where she inaugurated the 44th India International Film Festival (IFFI) and says she is now looking forward to a day off to explore Goa on the recommendation of Latin singing sensation Ricky Martin.

"Ricky Martin strongly recommended me to visit Goa. He told me that this is the best place to unwind and he has great fun whenever he comes down here," Sarandon said.

(With PIT Inputs)

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