While the Pune district administration is planning to stop entertainment channel, Colors, and production house, Endemol, from shooting Bigg Boss 4 in Lonavla, the TV industry is full of mixed reactions.
Actor Poonam Dhillon, who was part of the show last season, recalls shooting in Pakistan.
“I didn’t want to shoot under secrecy, though it was suggested that I do that. It was a long drawn out procedure to get permission from the home ministries of both countries. But after that, it was smooth sailing,” she says, adding that she didn’t get any negative vibes from anyone.
“The general public knew who I was because they love Hindi films. But, I know that for an Indian to get permission to shoot in Pakistan can be quite painful.”
Stand-up and TV comedian, Sunil Pal, who has shared the stage with various Pakistani comedians on several occasions, believes that nothing counts in front of national pride and security.
“If the artistes behave themselves and do not malign India, I think the show should continue. But, the minute they cross that line, the show must be shut down,” he says.
Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar, actor Mouli Ganguly, and actor and ex-Bigg Boss contestant, Bakhtyaar Irani, feel that bridging gaps is possible only if sentiments are the same on both sides.
“If someone had entered my house and killed my family members, I wouldn’t be welcoming anyone even from his distant family into my house.
Here, we’re treating them like national guests when our artistes are denied entry there. It’s high time we thought the issue through practically,” Irani said.