Since the Uri attacks and MNS’s warning to Pakistani actors and artists in Indian Entertainment Industry with the ultimatum to leave India, various Bollywood celebrities came forward in support or some in critic points. Bollywood’s multi-talented poet, lyricist, and screenwriter Javed Akhtar spoke in his recent interview with Bombay Times and expressed his view in the defense of Pakistani actors in Bollywood.
He said, “India-Pakistan’s cultural relations have been lopsided. Lata Mangeshkar is the most popular Indian singer with a wide following in Pakistan. Going by the sentiment of our nation, the decision made to suspend the involvement of Pakistani artistes in our films and cultural programs appear to be inevitable. But let’s hope that at some point, the relationship changes and we can balance our cultural exchanges”.
In fact, a few days back MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) threatened Pakistani Artists to leave India until September 25, 2016 and even the IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association) revealed a resolution in the same context of banning actors and other technicians from Pakistan, and are not allowed in India to work anymore until normalcy returns.
Bhaijaan of Bollywood, Salman Khan said, “They (Pakistani actors) are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them permits and visas.” Queen of Bollywood Kangana Ranaut even expressed her view in same, she stated that “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”.
Big Budget Bollywood film-maker Karan Johar was quite sad as because he has already signed Pakistani actor Fawad Khan for his next film and in an interview to NDTV , stated, “If this (banning Pakistani artists) was a solution, then one would take it. But this is not a solution. There are larger forces that have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art.”
Moreover, Varun Dhawan hinted this particular perspective of banning Pakistani actors and artists in pointless he said, “If by banning actors, terrorism can be stopped then they should do it. That is something the government needs to decide first.”
However, some moves are little supportive and some in against.