The debate over whether Pakistani artistes should be allowed to work in India following the t error attacks in Uri that killed 19 soldiers last month became more intense with veteran actor Nana Patekar reacting strongly.
“Pakistan, artistes come later. My nation comes first. I don’t know anyone except my country and don’t want to know anything else. Artistes are small insects in front of the nation, we are worth nothing compared to the country,” the actor told a news channel.
Nana also targeted Bollywood itself when asked about the divide within the industry over the ban on Pakistani actors and singers.
“I don’t want to know what Bollywood says. I was in the army for two years. Our jawans are the real heroes. We are ordinary, useless people. Do not pay attention to what we say. Do you understand whom am I talking about? Humlog jo patar patar karte hain, unpe dhyan mat do. Unki aukat nahi utni,” he said.
While Bollywood celebs including filmmakers Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt and actor Salman Khan have maintained that art and politics should not be mixed, actors Kangana Ranaut and Ranbir Kapoor have given rather neutral reactions to the entire debate.
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