New Delhi: The debate is still on whether it is right to ban the Pakistani artists in the wake of a Uri Terror Attack which has happened 18th September 2016 in which 18 soldiers were been killed by four terrorist who crossed Line-Of-Control border.
There have been calls from certain right wing political outfits like the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) recently, to prohibit Pakistani artistes from working in India as tensions rise between the two countries in the wake of a militant attack in Uri that led to 18 army casualties. Last month, Raj Thackeray who is laeding MNS party, issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out”. Recently the concerts of Pakistani singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam scheduled in Bengaluru and Gurgaon respectively which were also cancelled due to this havoc situations.While Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan and actor-singer Ali Zafar are the prominent faces of B-Town and which could be affected by the ban, it would affect the music industry of Bollywood more than filmmakers. From music albums to playback singing, there are several prominent Pakistani artists involved in big-budget Indian projects. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Zafar and Atif Aslam are just a few famous names that will be affected by the ban.
The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association has announced a ban on Pakistan actors and technicians from working in India, ANI reported. Also, The Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association (COEA) announced that its members would no longer screen films starring Pakistani artistes, including actors and music directors. While Pahlaj Nihalani, the CBFC chief, criticised the move by the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association (COEA), taken at a meeting of its members and shot a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj demanding that India should no longer issue visas to Pakistani artistes till the strained bilateral relations over cross-border terror improve. But Indian Home Ministry inform – “There is no proposal to revoke visa that granted to Pak artistes working in India” reported by ANI.
According to reports close to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s production, Rs 50 crore is riding on Johar’s film, which also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and COEA declared that there is no ban but they will suspend those films where pakistani actors and technicians are involved. They clearly mentioned in their official statement that “Our decision is that we will not screen or release the movies in our cinemas. Also it is their request to all the cinema owners.” And meanwhile If the film’s release is stalled then the producers, Dharma Productions, and the film’s distributors, Fox Star Studios, will face the heat.
While bollywood industry commented on the issue and take out their opinions in public –
Ajay Devgan – “Won’t work with Pakistani actors”
Salman Khan – “Pakistani Actors are artistes not terrorists”
Karan Johar – “Banning Pakistani actors not a solution to terrorism”
Nana Patekar – “Actors don’t matter. Country does”
Nawazuddin Siddique – “Pakistani actors should leave India”
India is a large and vibrant country. It has got a variety of audiences devoted to different types of music, movies and genre. There is an urgency to see, listen and find something new and fresh which gives you newness and acceptance by providing content through different cultures. If Pakistan provides artists to this country, what’s wrong in that? There is no harm to provide content which is soulful and largely adoptable by our Indian audience from different country. There is a cord of upcoming Bollywood movies that have inadvertently used the talent from across the border.