Completely against ban on Pakistani artistes: Dibakar Banerjee 

Dibakar Banerjee says he is not in favour of banning Pakistani actors from working in India.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: October 21, 2016 7:29 pm
Dibakar Banerjee, Dibakar Banerjee news Dibakar Banerjee says he is not in favour of banning Pakistani actors from working in India.

Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee says he is not in favour of banning Pakistani actors from working in India. Owing to its casting of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, filmmaker Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has been at the receiving end of MNS’ ire.

The party has said it won’t allow the release of the film, which is set to arrive in theatres on October 28. When asked if politics is getting mixed up with cinema, Dibakar told PTI, “It is nothing new. It has always been happening. But I am completely against banning Pakistani actors in India.”

The Khosla Ka Ghosla director said it totally depends on the director who is facing the backlash, on how he reacts to the situation.

He was speaking at ‘Half Ticket Young Adult Script Writing Workshop’ at the ongoing 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival with Star. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has extended the Centre’s support to makers of the movie and assured security to exhibitors amid threats by MNS.

Johar’s multi-starrer film has been at the centre of a controversy since the Uri terror attack last month. In the aftermath of the terror strike, various sectors demanded a ban on Pakistani artistes from the film industry.

Last week, Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India announced it would not release movies featuring Pakistani artistes in four states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Karnataka.

Director-actor Pooja Bhatt also criticised the demand to stall the movie’s release, saying it has nothing to do with nationalism.

“It is neither nationalism nor blackmail. It is schoolyard bullying at its best & worst,” Pooja tweeted.

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    Dibakar Sharma
    Oct 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm
    I support Film maker Dibakar Banerjee's views over stani artists. It is not fair to contaminate the art with confliction of india - stan. We should respect the artists (even he/she from anywhere )
    1. J
      jayananda rao
      Oct 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm
      The military service should be made compulsory and these filmy guys should be sent to eat the bullets of the terrorists. Then one should trace their sympathy to stani artists who are the hawala partners of Dawood Ibrahim ws up in stan
      1. K
        Oct 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm
        It is one thing to allow poor patiences to get treated in Indian Hospitals and giving them all care. But it is perfectly alright to oppose artisist from performing in India. WHAT GREAT ART FORM THEY ARE PERFORMING? The same mundane stuff that our Indian actors, directors and producers are dishing out! We will not miss their performance, so let them entertain the people of their country. First set your home in order and then come to India. We do not need you guys.
        1. Surendra Singh
          Oct 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm
          another porkistani sooooooo-ar
          1. Surendra Singh
            Oct 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm
            bho-s- d-ka
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