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We are artists, we talk about peace but govt needs to decide who works here: Saif

bollywood Updated: Sep 28, 2016 16:15 IST
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Saif Ali Khan will next be seen in Chef.

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan is the latest one to join the few celebs who have reacted to the MNS demands that Pakistani artists should leave India in the wake of the Uri militant attacks that killed 18 Indian soldiers. Saif said Indian film industry is open to talent across the border but it is for the government to decide who will be allowed to work here.

“This (cross cultural exchange) should definitely be encouraged. The industry is open to world talent, especially from across the border. But the government has to decide these things.We are artistes and we will talk about love and peace. But the government has to take such decisions about law and who to allow to work here and who isn’t,” the 46-year-old actor said at the GQ Men of the year awards last evening here.

In the wake of Uri attack, last week the party threatened Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to leave India, saying otherwise the shooting of their films would be stalled.

Bollywood stars like Karan Johar, Hansal Mehta, Anurag Kashyap, Varun Dhawan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra have earlier expressed their views on the demand of boycott of Pakstani artistes in India

Meanwhile, sources revealed the reason why Saif had to step out of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. ”Karan had approached Saif for the role in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. However, Saif met with an injury during that time and was advised two months rest by his doctors. Karan is like family to Saif and Kareena. Infact it was Saif who told Karan to cast another star for the role, as he wouldn’t be able to shoot for the film,” sources said.

Shah Rukh Khan is said to have replaced Saif in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Gossip mills were abuzz that Kareena and Saif are upset with Johar as the actor was going to do a cameo in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” but Karan choose to cast Shah Rukh Khan for the part instead.

According to sources, Kareena has always stated that Karan is like a brother to Saif and her. “These rumours are insensitive and extremely upsetting to Kareena. There is no truth to what is being reported,” a statement issued by Kareena’s spokesperson said.

Saif’s next release will be Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon. Presently, the actor is busy prepping for the Hindi version of Hollywood film Chef.

Kareena who is expecting her first child, will soon begin work on Veere Di Wedding.

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