Salman Khan to Nana Patekar: Who said what on Bollywood’s ban on Pak actors
Ever since the Indian Motion Pictures’ Artists Association (IMPPA) decided to ban all Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India, a debate has ensued on whether it is right to target actors and singers in the wake of a terror attack.Updated: Oct 03, 2016 16:26 IST
Ever since the Indian Motion Pictures’ Artists Association (IMPPA) decided to ban all Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India, a debate has ensued on whether it is right to target actors and singers in the wake of a terror attack. While Bollywood celebs including filmmakers Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt and actor Salman Khan have maintained that art and politics should not be mixed, actors Kangana Ranaut and Ranbir Kapoor have given rather neutral reactions to the entire debate.
We take a look at who said what in the debate:
Ideal situation would have been love and peace, but now it has happened, so obviously it was a reaction to some people’s action. In this day and age, I feel handling things with love and peace would have been better, especially for common people. But after Uri attacks, it seems (like) proper action because they were terrorists.
I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then you are faced in a situation such as this (asking for ban on Pak artistes). If this was truly a solution, one would take it. But this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art.
It is really important to say that ‘I condemn the unfortunate massacre of Indian soldiers’ They (Pakistani actors) need to do that. We have always shown our goodness and friendship. There are some people from Pakistan who are wonderful and are great hosts. But when it comes to my country and my jawaans (soldiers), I cannot be diplomatic. I’m biased towards my country.”
Pakistan, artistes come later. My nation comes first. I don’t know anyone except my country and don’t want to know anything else. Artistes are small insects in front of the nation, we are worth nothing compared to the country. I don’t want to know what Bollywood says. I was in the army for two years. Our jawans are the real heroes. We are ordinary, useless people. Do not pay attention to what we say. Do you understand whom am I talking about? Humlog jo patar patar karte hain, unpe dhyan mat do. Unki aukat nahi utni.
We are trying to isolate Pakistan economically & diplomatically so the cultural isolation must follow #BanPakArtists #IndiaComesFirst #India. It is only by isolation that the people of Pakistan will be able to pressurise their govt & army to act against the #terror organisations.
I don’t want to sound preachy and like a ‘healer talker’ but we are living in some hard times right now. I hope that you guys don’t get swept away with the bitterness and negativity, the violence that’s happening around the world and around us.
Karan Johar said a very good thing. If you want to send Fawad Khan back, okay send him but what are the next five steps you’ll take? You tell me, what are the next five steps you will take after that? What problems will be solved after sending him? What will be your next step after sending him. At least tell us what are your next five steps,
Right now we are very overwhelmed with the loss of our soldiers, our jawans and our sons. So the country is not in that (frame of mind). It’s very hard to be objective right now. But we hope that the love and art prevail. Right now we can’t expect people to be objective. It’s such a big loss.
Saif Ali Khan
The world is open to our film industry and our film industry is open to talents from around the world especially cross border. We are artists who talk about love and peace.”
Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between.
The government allows an artiste to work in any country and they have proper policies to deal with any such issue.
Sharing a somewhat different opinion, singer Kailash Kher who performed in Pakistan in 2012, says, “Banning or sending artists back to Pakistan won’t serve any purpose, unless they are provoking any unpleasant emotions. Nobody belonging to the field of art is spreading hatred.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan actor Fawad Khan has reportedly left India and put his plans on returning soon on hold after the MNS threatened to attack Pakistani actors if they did not leave India.
Pakistani theatres have also stopped screening Indian films and PREMA has announced a ban on all Indian TV content in the country.
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