Lyricist-writer Gulzar at a music launch of a new animated film told the media to “be relevant to the occasion” when asked to comment on the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan.
At the music launch of Motu Patlu: King of Kings, Gulzar was asked for his views on the feud between India and Pakistan.
He said, “Is this (question) relevant to the programme for which we have come? Aap agar shaadi mein jaao, aur baat Frontier ki karne lage, theek lagega? (If you go for a wedding, and talk about the Frontier, will it look nice?)… Be relevant to the occasion.”
While Gulzar chose not to comment on the issue, several Bollywood film celebrities have condemned the September 18 attack in Jammu and Kashmir which killed 19 soldiers.
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.