Vashu Bhagnani on Pak debate: Our countrymen have been killed.. lyrics, song mp3 download, family, wedding pictures, age, height, weight, biography
Mumbai, Sept. 25 — Politician Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has issued an ultimatum demanding Pakistani artistes, including Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ali Zafar, among others, to leave India within 48 hours.
This has sparked a debate in Bollywood about whether sending these artistes home will solve India’s political issues with Pakistan. In fact, MNS has also threatened to stall the release of the films Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees in Maharashtra, which feature Fawad and Mahira, respectively.
Producer Vashu Bhagnani feels it’s not the right time to say anything. “We should understand that patriotic sentiments are hurt, since our countrymen have been killed. If some people feel curbing Pakistani artistes will make a difference, let’s stop it for a couple of years and see what changes.” However, singer Kailash Kher, who performed in Pakistan in 2012, says, “Banning or sending artistes back to Pakistan won’t serve any purpose, unless [it is] they [who are] provoking unpleasant emotions. Nobody belonging to the field of art is spreading hatred.”
MNS has also allegedly stated that Indian film-makers are casting Pakistani actors in Hindi films, while Indian movies are not easily released in Pakistan, and often face bans. Rubbishing these notions, Vashu points out, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) was a bigger hit in Pakistan than it was in India.”
Kailash, who has performed with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and other Pakistani singers in many countries, also adds, “People in Pakistan are equally kind. They love art and are full of humanity. It’s the uneducated lot, who can be easily influenced.”
However, singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, who is known to have made comments against Pakistani artistes in the past as well, says, “Don’t call these Pakistani people artistes. They are professionals who make money in our country. They don’t have a platform in their country.” He adds, “I think MNS should not threaten these stars, but those people who invite them to work in India.”
Pakistani actor-model Veena Malik, who has lived and worked in India for three years, says, “Whenever anything happens, we (actors) become the soft targets. Why does no one ever talk about the trade and cricket matches that are happening between India and Pakistan?”
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