Farhan Akhtar is the latest celebrity to give his opinion about the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan, saying that there should be a certain distinction between artists and others.
Speaking at a promotional event of his new film Rock On 2 in Shillong on Friday, Farhan said, “As Indian citizens we will end up following any rule or law that is passed, even if we don’t agree with it. You know if it’s some kind of governance or rule that is passed, I guess we have to honour that. Personally I do believe that there is a certain distinction to be made between artists and others.”
“Definitely they are ambassadors of their country and they were legally allowed to come here and work, film-makers were legally allowed to hire them and to work in their films. So, it is very unfortunate that when decisions were made, things were good, the atmosphere was good, nobody was complaining about working with each other. It’s not only in film, there is a lot of import and export that happens between the two country, a lot of export that happens is way beyond the film industry could imagine doing,” he added.
The 42-year-old actor further said there is a need to weigh the pros and cons before issuing a blanket ban on movies, featuring Pakistani artistes.
“And eventually there are people, there are producers, there are distributors who are Indians, whose reputation, whose money is riding on these films. So we are with these decisions also probably prospectively destroying their potential revenues. So there is a lot to be considered before just saying yes or no for some things,” he added.
Rock On 2 stars Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Shahana Goswami, Purab Kohli and Shashank Arora in the lead roles.
The film is all set to release on November 11.