To Ban Or Not To Ban: Bollywood Divided Over Boycott Of Pakistani Artistes

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To Ban Or Not To Ban: Bollywood Divided Over Boycott Of Pakistani Artistes

While the LoC between India and Pakistan remains tense, Bollywood has already picked sides. The bone of contention is the call to ban Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. After the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association’s (IMPPA) announced that it will not work with Pakistani actors until peace returns between India and Pakistan, the issue has become a hot button topic in the industry. While some stars have condemned the ban; others support it, while some others have chosen to occupy a comfortable middle ground. gives you a lowdown on the issue, the sides and the arguments.

Those Who’re Against The Ban:

Saif Ali Khan:
"This (cross cultural exchange) should definitely be encouraged. The industry is open to world talent, especially from across the border. But the government has to decide these things.

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Karan Johar:
“I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives. There is nothing that can justify this terrible feeling of terror. Then you are faced in a situation such as this (asking for ban on Pakistani artistes). If this was truly a solution, then one would take it.”

“But this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. There are larger forces that have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art.”
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Salman Khan:
"They are artistes not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them permits and visas."

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Mahesh Bhatt:
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

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Nagesh Kukunoor:
"I have always believed that art should stand alone. Even if you take the worst periods in a nation's history, World War II, art still had its voice. I don't think the two should be mixed. Having said that, the India-Pakistan situation is an extremely complex one. We are all part of the same country. 60-70 years is a very short period to actually find some kind of peaceful common ground," he said.

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Riteish Deshmukh:
Artistes are like soft targets, which is very unfortunate. The concentration is somewhere else & this is not the solution to it. If this was the solution then fair enough, but this is not the solution.

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Juhi Chawla:
We have gone out of our senses. The issues raised are showing we are just trying to fix problems; we’re not taking them out from the roots. We have to change from within.

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Kailash Kher:
Banning or sending artistes back to Pakistan won’t serve any purpose, unless they’re provoking any unpleasant emotions. Nobody belonging to the field of art is spreading hatred.

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Vikram Bhatt:
The ban is like trivialising the issue, wheter artistes or cricket should be allowed or not ... how does that matter? What matters is that people are dying, we have been constantly suffering ... and the only thing we do is ban artistes.

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Hansal Mehta:
Here’s what he tweeted: MNS for next central govt. In one master stroke they have solved the India Pakistan problem. After all it is artistes who provoke attacks.

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Bharti Singh:
I feel it’s really unfair to ban them from working in India ... They leave their country and come here to earn bread and butter for their family. Yeh toh wahi baat hogayi ki kisi ne daal jalayi toh main doosre ko bhi daal banana nahi doongi.

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