I hate people who kill my country’s soldiers. I hate authorities who support terrorist activities that kill innocents across the globe. I also hate people who tell me that a Fawad Khan and a Hafiz Saeed are one and the same.
I also abhor people who claim that loving one means loving the other and hating one is a sign that you hate the other too.
In the wake of the Uri attack by Pakistani terrorists that left 18 soldiers dead and the counter surgical strikes by India that killed around 40 terrorists, producers’ association here decided not to work with any Pakistani artistes or technicians till the situation improved.
The latest development on the front came on Friday when theatre owners’ association announced that they will not release any film involving Pakistani artistes or technicians—a straight and hard blow to Karan Johar’s high-budget directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
The movie stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan along with Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Shah Rukh Khan makes a guest appearance in the film that also has Pakistani characters in the screenplay—Aishwarya and Anushka play Pakistani citizens in it.
While the decision to not work with Pakistan-origin artistes in the future is understandable because India is taking stern steps to pressurise its western neighbour in its pursuit against terror, the decision to stall the screening of films that have already been made makes no sense at all.