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Bollywood filmmakers say no to Australia

entertainment Updated: Jun 05, 2009 14:10 IST

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It's not only Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan who are marking their protest against attacks on Indian students studying in Australia. Now, Bollywood filmmakers have also come out in support of Indian students and have vowed not to shoot their films in Australia.

Madhur Bhandarkar of Page 3 fame doesn't want to risk the life of his cast and crew. "First ensure the safety of our boys then we'll see about shooting in Australia. What guarantee is there for anyone's life in a country where a handful of people are terrorising foreigners? Given the circumstances, I don't want to risk my cast and crew's lives in Australia," says the director.

Director David Dhawan has gone one step ahead and has decided not even to go on a holiday there. The question of shooting a film is just out of question for him. "With all the racist attacks happening in Australia, no way will I shoot in Australia. In the current scenario, I wouldn't even go for a holiday there," tells Dhawan to a Tabloid.

Subhash Ghai opines. He says, "I will certainly not shoot in Australia until they give full respect and protection to Indian students."

According to Satish Kaushik, Australia's beauty is of no value to him as the hearts of certain people in the country are not beautiful. He says, "Shoot in Australia? Not at all. Why should we celebrate the beauty of a country when the hearts of certain people in that country is not beautiful? They should learn from us. Atithi devo bhava."

Filmmaker Ratan Jain says he wouldn't shoot in Australia unless the government takes drastic steps. He informs a tabloid, "I have never been to Australia and don't think after whatever has happened in the past few days, I want to go anymore. Until and unless the Australian government takes drastic steps, Indian makers should not go and shoot films there and give such a country any revenue."