The controversial issue of banning Pakistani artists and technicians in Indian film industry seems to heat up each new day. After the cowardly act of Pakistan-supported terrorist attack on Indian soldiers at Uri, the whole nation was angry, and MNS targeted Pakistani artists and technicians in India and threatened them either condemn the attack or leave the country in shortest time. The MNS chief Raj Thackeray even said that the party would not let movies with Pakistani actors, to be released in India.
This warning by MNS has put the release of two mega-budget movies “Raees” where Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is opposite Shahrukh Khan and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” starring Fawad Khan another actor from Pakistan in trouble.
IMPA passed a unanimous resolution to keep the work suspended with Pakistanis till the situation between the two countries improves, and Govt. of India declares all well situations. Salman Khan, however, backed the Pakistani artists and technicians and said that they were not terrorists and so targeting them was not required.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 30, 2016
The actor further added that as they get a work permit and visas from the government of India, they have a right to work here and banning them is uncalled for. He also said that art and terrorism are separate and should not be mixed.
These artists should realise ‘Nation first’. If they have so much problem,we will ban their movies too: Raj Thackeray on Salman Khan’s stmnt
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 1, 2016
Shiv Sena slammed the actor for his statement supporting Pakistani artists. Now even MNS has issued a statement against Salman’s support to Pakistani artists. Raj Thackeray has asked if there is a shortage of talent in our country that we need Pakistanis to work in our films.
— Zoom TV (@ZoomTV) October 2, 2016
The leader further blamed that as Pakistan is a profitable territory for films, so some actors are against banning artists from Pakistan. He also said that Salman might go and shoot his films there only. He also threatened that the Indian actors should either realize nation first or else face a ban on their movies.
Soldiers are fighting for us. What will happen if they decide to put down their weapons? Who will guard borders? Salman Khan?:Raj Thackeray
— ABP News (@abpnewstv) October 1, 2016
Ban on Pakistan actors was first supported by ‘Zee Zindagi’ channel that used to telecast the Pakistani shows exclusively but after Uri attack stopped telecasting Pakistani shows.