Anupam Kher slams Om Puri for insulting Indian martyrs

Lending his support to Pakistani actors, Om Puri passed an insensitive statement about the Indian martyrs, and Anupam Kher said he was 'saddened' by the comment.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2016 8:21 pm
anumap-om-759 Om Puri lent his support to Pakistani artists saying that they come to India on a visa, not illegally.

Veteran actor Om Puri lent his support in favour of Pakistani actors saying that the ban on Pakistani artistes will not change the situation. He said Pakistani artistes are not working illegally in India and if they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses. However, during a live debate on a leading channel, the actor said something which did not go down well with the audience and even his friends from the industry. Talking insensitively about the Indian martyrs, Puri said, “Who had asked the soldiers to join the army? Who told them to pick the weapons?”. He didn’t stop there. The actor further went on to suggest that India should prepare 15-20 human suicide bombers and send them to Pakistan for the blasts.

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In fact, he also said, “Do you want India-Pakistan enmity to turn like Israel and Palestine, and fight for ages? India is home to crores of Muslims, there is no point in proving them for war. Several Indians have their relatives staying across the border and vice-versa, how can they fight a war with their cross-border families”. As soon as the debate went on air, the internet was flooded with criticism for Om Puri’s harsh words for those serving the country. In fact, the actor was also flaked by his contemporary Anupam Kher. On his official Twitter account, Anupam Kher wrote, “Dear #OmPuri ji. Mai aapki bahut izzat karta hoon. Lekin kal tv per desh ke sainik ke baare mein aapki baat sunkar bahut DUKH hua. #VerySad.”

While many supported Om Puri on his statement about the ban of Pakistani actors, his words for Indian army and comment over the issue of national security has raised quite a lot eyebrows. The actor’s remark came days after superstar Salman Khan opposed the ban too, by saying “they are artistes not terrorists”. The film industry has been divided on the issue of banning Pakistani artistes in the wake of Uri attack. Actor Randeep Hooda, filmmakers Ashoke Pandit and Anupam Kher are among those who have backed the ban.

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Hooda tweeted that Pakistan should be culturally isolated. “We are trying to isolate Pakistan economically & diplomatically so the cultural isolation must follow #BanPakArtists #IndiaComesFirst #India,” he wrote. Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said though he believes that art has no boundaries, the situation right now is such that nothing is bigger than the country. He also said that Pakistani artistes, who have worked in India should condemn the Uri attack. The debate began after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) demanded the ouster of Pakistani artistes from working in Indian film industry. Recently, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association also announced the ban on the actors and technicians from the neighbouring country till things became normal between the two nations.

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    Chander Pal
    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:45 am
    Feeling sorry that all along we thought he is good actor. I think there Is a difference between a good actor and. Good human being
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    Naresh Venkatan
    Oct 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm
    Om Puri Rocks!
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      outraged
      Oct 4, 2016 at 9:36 am
      bose Dk om puri, jo desh ka na raha woh kahi ka nahi raheyga.
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        Ashu
        Oct 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm
        Who is the administrator of this page ...my previous comment is still not posted......are you trying to form people opinion according to your wish......sorry dude but you just lost one follower of your page......
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Oct 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm
          Anupam Kher has lost his mental equilibrium.
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Oct 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm
            You too.
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              OC
              Oct 4, 2016 at 10:16 am
              India is not BJP and BJP is not India. So let us not let BJP take the credit of everything good and get away with everything bad! India is much bigger and greater than the BJP. They are just a party and cannot try to overshadow the country! To fight with stan, we will first have to fight those who are trying to overshadow our nation from within and are trying to create divisions and hatred within communities. Only this can get us to unite and become a force which no other external threat can reckon with. Pigs poking fingers at others or those pseudo nationalists pointing out fingers at other Indian brothers calling them traitors have no place in India. They are the ones who should be kicked out for fighting with their own countrymen.
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                Dev Verma
                Oct 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                Whats gone wrong with few politicians and these filmy guys ? are they out of their mind ? and acting weirdo out of proportion with no reasons. Surgical means surgical why army and government have to reveal their missions and omission to anybody. This is secret military matter and they are the best judge to decide. Request to IE please stop printing comments of these ugly A.H politicians and these filmy peoples.
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