The controversy around Pakistani artistes working in India has divided Bollywood. Some have demanded the ban on Pakistani artists and while others have supported them.
Here’s a list of who said what.
Javed Akhtar: People like Hafeez Seed, Pakistani army chief are obsessive India haters. They want to segregate Pakistani society from India, they want a wall. If we throw these people out (artistes), it will only make Hafeez Saeed and Pak army chief glad. Are we playing into their hands?… The silence is kind of a confession of Pakistani actors that Pakistan is responsible for it. If Pakistan says that they are not responsible for it, why should a Pakistani actor or any Pakistani citizen not condemn Uri…
Salim Khan: Breaking news: Saeed, Lakhvi and Masood replaced by Salman Khan, Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar and Yechury on the most wanted list…as these people are a big threat to the unity of our country.
Mahesh Bhatt: Tweeted a photo of himself holding a placard that reads: “Dear leaders, do not let the actions of a few violent men write the future of many people, like me who want peace. #KillTerroristsNotTalks #ProfileForPeace”
Anurag Kashyap: Karan Johar put it best that if you send Fawad Khan to Pakistan, what are your next five steps? Tell us that. What problem can you solve by sending him back?
Nana Patekar: Pakistani artistes are secondary. What comes first for me is my nation. Hum kalaakar desh ke saamne khatmal ki tarah hai. Hamari keemat kuch nahi hai. (We artistes are like mere bedbugs when compared to our nation as a whole. We are least important people). Nation comes first and that’s how it should be. I have been a part of Indian army for two-and-a-half years and I know that our jawans fighting at the border are the real heroes.
Nagesh Kukunoor: Normally art and politics should not interfere but the India-Pakistan issue is a complicated one… My loyalty to India is unquestionable.
Salman Khan: They are artistes, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism should not be mixed.
Karan Johar: I understand the anger and the anguish that surrounds us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. 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. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be done by banning talent or art.
Randeep Hooda: We are trying to isolate Pakistan economically&diplomatically so the cultural isolation must follow
#BanPakArtists. The Surgical Strike was against the terror camps which don’t apparently don’t exist but What’s happening in Akhnoor is against a nation.