In recent times tensions between India and Pakistan has escalated following the Uri attack in which Indian Army soldiers were martyred. Pakistan has been constantly violating ceasefires along the Line of Control (LOC) and is in the forefront of conducting a proxy war through its state sponsored terrorists. Such cowardly act of terrorism by Pakistan has greatly angered Indian citizens and people from all walks of life have condemned our neighbour. Further citizens have decided to cut off all bilateral ties till Pakistan stops sponsoring cross-border terrorism. In the same vein actors, directors and producers from the film industry have also decided to ban Pakistani actors and films they have acted in.
Although a section of Bollywood has come out in support of Pakistani actors and said that cultural exchange between the two nations should continue, there are others who have demanded a complete ban on Pakistani actors and actresses. The Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India has decided not to screen any movie which stars Pakistani actors. The ban will also be extended to films which have artistes and technicians from Pakistan. This ban comes in the wake of banning all Indian film and television content by Pakistan. President of the association also felt that it was better to not screen the movies than screen them and invite public fury. He opined the losses would be greater in case of vandalism due to screening.
A few weeks earlier the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association passed a resolution to completely boycott Pakistanis, both actors and technicians, from working in any Indian project. The decisions have been made following heightened tensions between the two countries.
Favouring the ban
Several well known names have come out in support of this ban. Actors such as Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar and comedian Raju Shrivastav among others have favoured severing all bilateral ties until Pakistan improves its behaviour and stops sponsoring terrorists. They believe that the sacrifice of our soldiers is supreme and as a mark of respect cutting off all ties is important. Nothing and no one is above the nation is the mantra of these well-known personalities. Many have even cancelled their shows in Pakistan as a mark of protest.
The hardest to be hit by this diktat is going to be Karan Johar’s venture ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ which stars Fawad Khan and is set to release in end October. Khan invited the ire of Indians when he refused to condemn the Uri attack by his home nation. In a tense environment it is only natural that such actors be shown the door. Besides this Shahrukh Khan’s Raees starring Pakistan actress Mahira Khan and Ali Zafar’s Dear Zindagi are also set to face the same problem.
‘Nation First’ should be our mantra and respecting the sacrifice of our forces is the duty of every Indian irrespective of his or her profession. At a time when we are cutting off all ties, it is only natural that there shouldn’t be any cultural exchange either between the two nations. As Nana Patekar said “Nation comes first and that’s how it should be for one and all. 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. Our soldiers are the biggest heroes in the world”.