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- Comedian Raju Srivastava announced he was cancelling a concert in Pakistan
- MNS demands that all Pakistani artists should leave India
- Twitter hashtags such as #SayNoToPakArtists, #BoycottPakOrNot and #KickOutPakis continued trend on social media
- Zee’s Subhash Chandra tweeted that Zindagi channel will stop airing Pakistani TV shows
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Comedian Raju Srivastava announced he was cancelling a concert in Pakistan
A deadly terrorist attack at an army camp in Jammu & Kashmir and flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan over the past week are threatening to destroy all cultural exchanges between the neighbours.
On Saturday, comedian Raju Srivastava announced he was cancelling a concert in Pakistan, even as a couple of upcoming Bollywood films face possible bans for featuring Pakistani actors.
Also, media baron Subhash Chandra tweeted that Zindagi – the Zee Entertainment group’s channel that syndicates programme from Pakistan among other countries – is considering taking off all shows from that nation.
Most of Saturday also saw many Bollywood celebrities post angry responses to the Uri attack on social media as Twitter hashtags such as #SayNoToPakArtists, #BoycottPakOrNot and #KickOutPakis continued trending.
While the terror strike sparked general revulsion, opinions were divided on whether Pakistani artists should be made to pay the price for attacks emanating from the other side of the border.
Twitter was Srivastava’s chosen medium to declare he would not be travelling to Pakistan to do comedy under the circumstances.
“I have been invited to a comedy show in Pakistan. But every day, we can see at the border how war is happening and our soldiers are being killed,” the comic actor said in a video that went viral on the social media site.
“I don’t think I can go to Pakistan to entertain those who murdered our soldiers.”
Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, who faces MNS ire
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) continued with its demand that all Pakistani artists should leave India.
The political outfit had given a 48-hour notice to Pakistani performers on Friday, threatening to block any film or show featuring a citizen of that nation.
The MNS demand, issued through an open letter, cast a shadow over two biggies – Raees and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
“In a country of 1.25 billion people, where lakhs and crores struggle for an opportunity to be launched in movies, why you have so much affection for the Pakistani artists? Do you want to say that our actors do not have requisite talent? This is akin to insulting our country,” the letter read.
The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees, slated for a January 2017 release, has Pakistani actress Mahira Khan making her Bollywood debut.
The other big film that could face MNS ire is Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai- Bachchan and Anushka Sharma
The other big film that could face MNS ire is Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai- Bachchan and Anushka Sharma.
The film has Pak sensation Fawad Khan in an important cameo.
Channel Zindagi is planning to stop airing Pakistani shows. A still from hit series Humsafar
“Actors like Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan are hijacking the opportunities of Indian artists,” MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray said at a press meet.
“They (Pakistanis) don’t give our people any respect in their country. Pakistani artists don’t earn anything in their country but in India they get name, fame and money. After all this, their government funds terror activities in India, this is completely unacceptable.”
Officially, Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions refused to comment on the issue, saying they need to understand the matter first.
Chandra was, more forthcoming about stopping the telecast of Pakistani shows on Zindagi.
Ruing the “unfortunate stance of Mia (Nawaz) Sharif at UN”, the media baron tweeted: “Zee is considering stopping Zindgi programs from Pak, as well artists from there should leave.”
Despite angry reactions, demands for a ban on Pakistani artists in India have elicited divided opinions in the cyber world.
“A prayer for the jawans that lost their life in #UriAttack.. extremely sad but angry too!!” tweeted Amitabh Bachchan.
Taking a sarcastic jibe at the MNS, filmmaker Hansal Mehta 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.”
SRK, whose Raees is in the direct line of MNS fire, tweeted to condemn the Uri attacks.
“Saddened to hear of the cowardly attack in Uri. Prayers for the families of our martyred soldiers. & may the terrorists b punished soon,” he wrote shortly after Sunday’s violence.
“Prayers for the soldiers who were martyred in Uri. Cowardly act of killing when they were asleep. We Indians are angry now!” posted veteran actor Rishi Kapoor
“Pakistani artists being silent on UriAttack clearly means they are indirectly supporting Terrorism,” wrote Bobby Deol.
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