Patriotism that propagates hate is not patriotism: Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza’s comment comes amidst the ongoing clamour over the cross-border tension between the neighbouring countries, which spilled into the entertainment world and sparked a debate on whether Pakistani artistes should be banned from working in the Mumbai film industry.

bollywood Updated: Oct 09, 2016 13:59 IST
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Dia Mirza’s comment comes amidst the ongoing clamour over the cross-border tension between the neighbouring countries, which spilled into the entertainment world and sparked a debate on whether Pakistani artistes should be banned from working in the Mumbai film industry.(PTI)

At a time when celebrities across the board are readily commenting on the bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan, actor Dia Mirza says patriotism in its true spirit does not propagate hate.

“Patriotism that propagates hate is not patriotism. United we rise. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule, not serve society,” Dia tweeted on Sunday.

Her post comes amidst the ongoing clamour over the cross-border tension between the neighbouring countries, which spilled into the entertainment world and sparked a debate on whether Pakistani artistes should be banned from working in the Mumbai film industry.

Some Indian outfits have imposed a ban on Pakistanis from Indian showbiz world and a few Pakistani theatres have pulled down Indian movies from their screens.

Dia Mirza displays the creation of fashion brand Tulsi Silks by fashion designer Santosh Parekh during the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016, in Mumbai on Aug 28. (IANS)

Celebrities across the board and borders have been commenting on the spillover, with some talking in support of the steps, some opposing it and some just keeping mum.

Superstar Salman Khan and veteran actor Om Puri came forward to support Pakistani talent, but faced a backlash for their opinions.

Earlier this week, Pakistani talent Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan also broke their silence, with Fawad praying for “a more peaceful world”, and Mahira condemning any act of terror, no matter which soil it is on.

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First Published: Oct 09, 2016 13:51 IST