Pakistani artistes are not terrorists says Salman Khan

A day after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution against Pakistani artistes working in India, actor Salman Khan speaks out against the ban

Updated: October 1, 2016 3:32 am
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A DAY after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a unanimous resolution at the annual general meeting, appealing to all their members to “henceforth, not to work with any artistes, singers or technicians from Pakistan until the situation of hostilities between Pakistan and India subsides and the Government of India declares that all is well with Pakistan and India”, actor Salman Khan spoke out against the ban.

Speaking at an event in Delhi on Friday, Khan said, “They are artistes, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism should not be mixed.”

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While he supported the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army, Khan said “the ideal situation would be peace and harmony” between the two countries.

Asked for his reaction on Khan’s statement, BJP National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said, “I do not want to comment on what Salman Khan said. But, I think, the entire world stands against terror and the fight against terror has begun. There are many who do not follow or support terrorists. But those who have a fan following and have influence on people should come and condemn terrorists and terrorist activities.

This way you will do justice to your own country.”

Anil Nagrath, secretary of of IMPPA, responded to Khan’s comments, saying while he agrees artistes are not terrorists, Pakistani artistes who are “making money in India” should come forward and condemn acts of terrorism. “No one is asking them to condemn Pakistan. But they should raise their voice against terrorism,” he said.

The resolution taken by the association, said Nagrath, was not a ban but a “request” to Indian producers to refrain from “working with Pakistani artistes, singers or technicians till further instructions”. However, work already done by Pakistani artistes — Fawad Khan in Karan Johar-directed Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Mahira Khan in Rahul Dholakia’s Raees — would not come under the purview of this resolution, he added.

On Thursday, the general body meeting of IMPPA in Mumbai started with its members paying tribute to the Indian army men who were killed in the recent attacks in Pathankot and Uri. “There has been a complete silence on this incident by Pakistani artistes and technicians. After discussions and deliberations, IMPPA members unanimously decided that this silence of Pakistani artistes was an insult and humiliation of our armed forces and the country at large, especially when a good number of Pakistani artistes and technicians work in Indian film industry,” he said.

Incidentally, Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana, for which Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had sung a song that’s to be dropped now and re-recorded in the voice of an Indian singer, is produced by TP Aggarwal, president of IMPPA.

Nagrath said, “No one grudges the success of Pakistani artistes as they are talented. But they should speak up against terror attacks.” Once the situation between the two neighbouring countries normalises, Pakistani artistes might be allowed to work in the Indian film industry once again, he said.

Before Khan, a few other filmmakers too questioned the demand to send Pakistani actors back. Recently, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, while speaking at a film festival, had said, “How would things improve if Fawad Khan is sent back to Pakistan. What are the next five steps you want to take after that?” Singer Mika Singh too said, “There shouldn’t be any boundary musically, but will support the government’s decision.”


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  1. Pramod Kumar
    Jan 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm
    In spite of all these Salman Khan is allowed by Colors to make "Big boss" and show the audacity on his part. Shame for India
    1. J
      Sep 30, 2016 at 9:49 pm
      Who said stani actors were terrorists. Is indian army a terrorist army. Is our army not protecting the people of india. Is the army not protecting the bollywood actors. Is it ok for the Indian army to be killed while defending Indians.jiagar What kind of appreciation is bollywood actors paying the Indian army "bring more stani actors ", do you think this is going to drive away the terrorists? How much sympathy are bollywood actors showing towards stani actors and how much for the army Men that got killed.
      1. S
        Oct 1, 2016 at 7:49 am
        Artists are supposed to be humane and;br/gt;World is home for them. Their talent is not just for entertainment. They are to lead the people for a better;br/gt;The Artists who are standing in support of cross border talent are not role models either and should stop preaching. Rather than taking on terrorism they are holding mirror to fellow nationals. Salman is least eligible to do it, cases are pending against him for his rash behavior. he should no his limits. Further elaboration not;br/gt;IMPAA has taken a temporary decision everybody should respect it.
        1. A
          Oct 1, 2016 at 8:21 am
          It would be worth to check as to what visa these artists were issued. Was it a business visa or tourist visa ? Are their income taxable ? Have they paid taxes ? How their remittance was made ? Indian authorities should veryfy and do the needful. We shoukd be strct in issuing visas to s.
          1. P
            Oct 1, 2016 at 7:44 am
            I would agree to one point salman made which is why the Indian gov is giving visas to papistani artists? This is a logical question the gov needs to answer
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