Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) issued an ultimatum to the Pakistani actors working in Indian entertainment industry to leave the country within 48 hours following the Uri Terror Attack. The Raj Thackeray led party threatened the actors to leave India, failing which their projects would be stalled. Now, film-makers have reacted on the issue and have slammed the threats from MNS.
Keep reading to know what the film-makers had to say about the issue!
Director Hansal Mehta lashed out at MNS and took to Twitter to express his opinion. This is 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.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 23, 2016
He wrote, “MNS for next central govt. In one master stroke they have solved the India Pakistan problem. After all it is artistes who provoke attacks.”
Well, we can definitely see the sarcasm behind it!
Vikram Bhatt opened up on the matter as well. He said artists shouldn’t be involved in such affairs because that would ‘trivialise’ the situation.
He explained, “We should concentrate on making sure that Pakistan is declared a terrorist state. That should be our effort. This (asking Pak actors to leave) is like trivialising the issue, whether artists or cricket should be allowed nor 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 artists!”
He was asked whether the Pakistani actors that are working in India should take a stand against the Uri attack and he said, “I expect them to take a stand but can they do that? They are actors, creative people, not activists. I don’t think they can go back if they are going to talk against the terrorist outfits in Pakistan. They would surely fear for their lives, might as well become Indian citizens then. I think they would really fear for their safety.”
When film-makers raised their opinions regarding the MNS threat to the Pakistani artists, film-critic and author Mayank Shekhar also expressed his opinion on the matter.
While talking to a news channel, he said, “Something which is cultural is by nature apolitical. But if it does become political as in this particular case, then that is the political decision that the authorities need to take. It can’t be any particular outfit deciding to issue a diktat and everyone living under the fear of what they would do or would not do.”