After announcing financial help for the families of soldiers who died in the recent militant attack that triggered rising tension between India and Pakistan, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar broke his silence on the ban on Pakistani artistes Thursday. In a video that he shared on Facebook, he talks about the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Uri attack on September 18.
“Today I am not talking as a star or a celebrity, I am taking as a son of an army man. For the past few days, people have been debating and arguing and asking for proof about surgical strikes, few are demanding ban on artistes, while a few fear that there might be a war.”
Ever since the Indian Motion Pictures’ Artists Association (IMPPA) decided to ban all Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India, a debate has ensued on whether it is right to target actors and singers in the wake of a terror attack. 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.
Akshay has now condemned such debates in his video: “Arey sharam karo...these debates can happen later, first realise that people have already lost their lives at the border. 19 jawans died during the attack and a 24-year-old jawan Nitin Yadav died in Baramulla. Are their families, or the families of our thousands of jawans, worried whether a film will release or not? Whether an artiste will be banned? No. They are worried about their future,” he said.
The actor went on to say we are because of them and India exists because of them.
“And our concern should be to ensure that their present and future is better. I am, because they are, you are, because they are and if they are not there, then India won’t exist. Jai Hind.”
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