Bollywood veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan said on his 74th birthday that it is time for India to express solidarity with soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the security of the nation.
Bachchan’s remarks come in the wake of a spurt of militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and an ongoing encounter between security forces and militants who are holed up in a government building in Pampore.
“It is time to show solidarity towards our jawans and armed forces who are sacrificing their lives so that you and me can be safe,” Bachchan said in a press conference in Mumbai.
“People of this country are very angry by the incidents that have been happening at our borders,” Big B said on Tuesday.
Bachchan, however, refused to comment over the issue of banning Pakistani actors from working in India, saying: “This is not the time, and I don’t think it’s right to put forward such questions.”
This is not the time, and I don't think its right to put forward such questions: Amitabh Bachchan on Pakistan artists controversy pic.twitter.com/LMLzp4gfeJ— ANI (@ANI_news) October 11, 2016
Earlier this month, Om Puri had apologised and said that he deserves to be punished for his remarks on Indian Army soldiers. The 65-year-old actor, who was invited for a debate on film producers’ ban on Pakistani actors in India, was condemned widely on social media for making “insulting” statements.
There has been an outpour of support for security forces after 19 soldiers were killed in a terror strike on an army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, on September 18.