At a time when celebrities across the board are readily commenting on the bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan, actress Dia Mirza says patriotism in its true spirit does not propagate hate.
“Patriotism that propagates hate is not patriotism. United we rise. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule, not serve society,” Dia tweeted on Sunday.
Her post comes amidst the ongoing clamour over the cross-border tension between the neighbouring countries, which spilt into the entertainment world and sparked a debate on whether Pakistani artists should be banned from working in the Mumbai film industry.
Some Indian outfits have imposed a ban on Pakistanis from Indian showbiz world and a few Pakistani theatres have pulled down Indian movies from their screens.
Celebrities across the board and borders have been commenting on the spillover, with some talking in support of the steps, some opposing it and some just keeping mum.
Superstar Salman Khan and veteran actor Om Puri came forward to support Pakistani talent but faced a backlash for their opinions.
Earlier this week, Pakistani talent Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan also broke their silence, with Fawad praying for “a more peaceful world”, and Mahira condemning any act of terror, no matter which soil it is on.
Meanwhile, a day after actor Fawad Khan talked about coming together to build “a more peaceful world”, fellow Pakistani actor Mahira Khan Saturday issued a statement with a prayer for peace. Both the actors have been under criticism after the Uri attack and their detractors have been asking them to take a stand.
Ajay Devgn has said he would not share any artistic space with Pakistani actors in the current situation. Director Farah Khan, on her part, has said she would prefer to cast “somebody from my own country”.