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Boycott India vs Pakistan match? It’s at Birmingham stadium, not at Wagah border: Bollywood celebs

While CBFC member Ashoke Pandit calls for a boycott of the India-Pakistan Champions Trophy, Bollywood celebs Rishi Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur and Rahul Dholakia, among others cheer for India.

bollywood Updated: Jun 04, 2017 15:10 IST
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India face arch-rivals Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.(REUTERS)

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit on Sunday called for a boycott of the much-awaited India-Pakistan Champions Trophy cricket match in England on Sunday, citing the recent cross-border tensions. However, Bollywood celebrities Rishi Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur Anubhav Sinha and Rahul Dholakia are waiting eagerly for the match to begin.

The Indian cricket team will start their Champions Trophy campaign on Sunday against arch-rivals Pakistan at 3pm.

Amid the debate whether India should play with Pakistan or not, there were stars like Sajid Khan and Armaan Malik who were eager for the match to begin, and took to Twitter to cheer for the nation.

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor tweeted on Saturday night: “The biggest Blockbuster releasing tomorrow. You go India.”

Sajid Khan tweeted: “India...India..India..India..! This is the whole tournament... The whole tournament is this.. IND v PAK #TeamIndia #can’twait.”

Malik also shared: “This match is gonna be legendary!”

Raees director Rahul Dholakia tweeted: “Don’t forget today’s match is at a stadium in Birmingham not at the border in Wagah! It’s cricket not war. Enjoy!”

Echoing the same, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur posted: “Sport is meant to bring people together. Hate rhetoric demeans cricket. Destroys the spirit of the game. Lets have a great match Ind Vs Pak.” He was also seeking ways to watch the match live on internet.

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha questioned Pandit’s comment, saying that it is “interesting that you expect cricketers to pull out and not the BCCI or the government”.

To which , Ashoke Pandit responded: “Can’t the players refuse to go on the field? Don’t they owe any responsibility towards the soldiers? BCCI and government equally responsible.”

While many celebrities are glad that sport is being kept away from political tension between the two nations, Pandit, the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association Vice President, tweeted: “Dear cricketers, while you are busy playing with Pak. The families of martyrs who sacrificed their lives yesterday are crying. Boycott India Pakistan match. It’s an insult to all those who have lost their lives because of Pakistan.”

Sinha rested his case with a post that read: “IMHO (in my humble opinion) this should be a policy matter not arbitrary. Can’t have different policies for movies, cricket and businesses.”

Pandit even slammed Gautam Gambhir for cheering for the Indian side.

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First Published: Jun 04, 2017 15:07 IST