Bollywood actress Radhika Apte opined that Pakistani artistes shouldn’t be barred from working in India. The Parched actress said that these actors have here to work and should be left to do so. In her own words, the actress said, “I think if a Swiss watch can come to the country and have their own corporate stores, I think a Pakistani actor should come here and do a film here in India. That’s my statement.”
In the last two weeks there has been a raging debate in media on whether the Pakistani actors should be allowed to work in India or not. A recent while back, MNS (Maharasthra Navnirman Sena), a political party headed by Raj Thakre, has asked all Pakistani actors to leave India at the earliest.
In the wake of ongoing India-Pakistan tension the Indian Motion Pictures’ Artists Association (IMPAA) took a unanimous decision banning all Pakistani artistes and workers until the prevailing anxiety between India and Pakistan is not deescalated.
On the contrary, celebrities like Salman Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Om Puri vehemently opposed the ban but actors like Sonali Bendre, Randeepa Hooda and Pallavi Joshi have supported IMPAA’s decision.
Debate On Pakistani Artistes Continues
Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar lashed out at Pakistani artistes for not condemning the Uri attack. He felt that the silence of Pakistani artistes is utterly dubious. They must clear their stand now.
BJP leader and prominent actress Hema Malini says she respects the artistes but can’t overlook the sacrifices of Indian jawans. “Artistes are artistes whether they are from Pakistan or India. But it is unfortunate that they are from Pakistan. I must say that they are good artistes. They have performed well here in India,” she added.
Sanjay Nirupam Boycotted By Civil Society
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam stirred a fresh controversy when he called Army’s surgical strikes across the LOC as fake. His forthcoming event on civic issue stands cancelled following boycotting of the same by the members of civil society. The said event was about to be held at 3PM today at Patrakar Bhavan but it has been called off by the Congress without assigning any furhtur reason.
According to PTI sources, civil society member Shailesh Gandhi (former CIC) has sent an email to Nirupam yesterday saying, “We found Nirupam questioning the authenticity of the surgical strikes and terming them fake as extremely unwarranted and avoidable. After having consultation with other members of the civil society, we decided to keep ourselves away from the meeting organised by Nirupam”.