Not nationalism, but bullying, says Pooja Bhatt on barring Pakistani artistes

Pooja Bhatt says the ongoing campaign against Pakistani artistes working in India cannot be described as nationalism, but schoolyard bullying.

By: IANS | Mumbai | Published:October 21, 2016 5:15 pm
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Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says the ongoing campaign against Pakistani artistes working in India cannot be described as nationalism, but schoolyard bullying.The daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt took to Twitter on Friday to express her views.

“It is neither nationalism nor blackmail. It is schoolyard bullying at its best and worst,” Pooja tweeted. Amidst the ongoing clamour over the cross-border tension between India and Pakistan spilling into the entertainment world, some Indian outfits have imposed a ban on Pakistani artistes from India’s showbiz world. A few Pakistani theatres have pulled down Indian movies from their screens.

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Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil became the first film to come under fire for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Karan broke his silence about the forthcoming film, which will release on October 28, and said that he is hurt on being labelled “anti-national” ahead of the release of his directorial and production venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

He said he would not engage with talent from Pakistan “in the circumstance”.

Meanwhile, a host of other Bollywood celebs also voiced their support for Karan Johar and said it was extremely unfortunate that the filmmaker is being bullied for no wrong.
The celebs shared their views on the issue at the 18th Edition of MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) Film Festival yesterday.

Condemning the move of putting a ban on actors from the neighbouring country and voicing her support for ADHM, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar said, “It is very unfortunate that a film and a filmmaker gets targeted like that. He didn’t do anything wrong, he has not broken the law. Visas are being granted by the government, it’s legal for people to work here. He shot the film at a time when the situation was pleasant.”

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    Pat
    Oct 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    Bhatts kids were guide to David headley who killed so many mumbaikars. Why do we even watch Alia bhatt and these crazy pimp mahesh bhatt.
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      Animesh Naskar
      Oct 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm
      'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' maybe given benefit of doubt. But some of the so-called artists are just greedy business people. They act emotional onscreen but never shed a tear when country bleeds. When was last patriotic movie made with serious attempt? Are Indian movies nothing more than stupid songs and dance? lt;br/gt;Bollywood should learn from BCCI.
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        Rajiv
        Oct 22, 2016 at 9:30 am
        What more can one expect from a Lout like Raj Thackeray who goes about destroying public property and vandalizing cars on the road. Fadnavis has set a very bad example of giving in to pressure from MNS thereby giving credibility to goondaism and bowing to vandals.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;stani artistes should not be allowed to work here till stan becomes a friend of India . Raj Thackeray and his goons should be put in jail
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          Bhagwan Das
          Oct 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm
          It's comforting to see that some good sense prevails.
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            ashoks
            Oct 22, 2016 at 8:39 am
            A Industry which iwas nurtured by Dawood Ibrahim what better can we expect?
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              dkbindal
              Oct 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm
              she is indian?
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                DCS
                Oct 22, 2016 at 9:42 am
                This ban should have been voluntarily done by film industry.
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                  Dr
                  Oct 22, 2016 at 11:28 am
                  We be indeed shown the other cheek. And got slapped again. So reserve ur lectures for the other side. We r more than ok and from now on, we ll speak the language the other side will respect.
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