‘Ban Pakistani actors!’ has been the mind-set of some political parties ever since the Uri attacks took place and the anti-Pakistan mood has gripped the nation since then. These political parties did not just confine themselves to sloganeering but also threatened to stop the release of films like ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ featuring Pakistani actors. Even MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) has decided to not exhibit Pakistani films this year. When asked for their reactions at the side-lines of the 18th Jio MAMI Film Festival here, this is what Bollywood actors and filmmakers had to say!
Abhay Deol: If you want to ban anything to do with Pakistan, then go the distance. Don’t just ban the filmmakers, then ban imports, exports etc. When you do half a job, no one is going to take you seriously. I don’t take the Government seriously. I will support if you think banning anything to do with Pakistan is going to help our jawans.
Imran Khan: I don’t want people to threaten me or beat me up, I want to avoid these things. Will keep my opinion to myself. I have many views but my concern is if I voice those views, I am gonna have people come and try to burn my house.
Richa Chadda: Ek film ki release se agar terrorism khatam ho jaata, toh hum bohot saari films pehle bhi ban kar saktey the.
Aamir Khan: You should ask MAMI about this!
Zoya Akhtar: He (Karan Johar) shot the film at a time when the situation was pleasant. Today at the time of the film’s release, he is being bullied. He didn’t do anything wrong, he has not broken the law. Visas are being granted by the government, it’s legal for people to work here. It is very unfortunate that a film, and a filmmaker gets targeted like that.
Ayan Mukerji: Ranbir (Kapoor) is tensed, everyone is worried about how things are unfolding. He is hoping for the best.
While this is what our Bollywood stars have to say on the issue, what is your take on it? Do you feel the same or do you have something else to say? Feel free to share your opinion with us at Bollyworm!