Prefer Indian actors in my films: Farah Khan on Pak actors controversy

Ace choreographer/director Farah Khan, at an event in New Delhi, said she would prefer working with Indian actors in her films.

Written by A. Kameshwari | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2016 12:33 pm
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It seems like there is no end to the controversy brewing around the ban on Pakistani actors demanded by the MNS in the aftermath of Uri attacks. At the Bridge Talks held in New Delhi on Saturday, ace choreographer and director Farah Khan, in a conversation with The Express Group’s Executive Director Anant Goenka, said she would “prefer having someone from my country in my movies.”

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The Bridge Talks is a new initiative by The Caravan to facilitate conversations on some of the most pressing issues of our times. While talking on gender empowerment, Farah said it would be unfair to ban films such as Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (starring Fawad Khan) and Raees (with Mahira Khan in lead), which have already been finished. However, said Farah, from now on the industry should focus on working with actors from our own country.

“I think there are a handful people, not even handful but may be two people we are talking about. They are not important in the scheme of things. When they did those movies, it wasn’t illegal to have Pakistani actors working in Indian movies. The movies were shot at considerable expense and hardwork, I don’t think it is fair to ban those movies. I think from now on, if you are saying we should not work with them, I say we have enough talent in our country and we should work with people from our country. What do we don’t have that they have? I think we are far better. So, we would work with our people. I would definitely prefer to take somebody from my country for my movies,” Farah said at the event.

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Watch the whole conversation here:

MNS chief Raj Thackeray had earlier raised a similar point, demanding to know if India had a short supply of artistes and what is the need of Pakistani artistes to work in Indian films. “I don’t understand. Jawans are fighting for us at borders.What’ll happen if they decide to put down their weapons? Who’ll guard our borders? Salman Khan? These artists should realise ‘Nation first’. If they have so much problem, we will ban their movies too,” he said.

At least three major films, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad Khan, Raees starring Mahira Khan and Dear Zindagi with Ali Zafar are slated for release over the next few weeks. The MNS objection has reportedly created a huge hurdle in terms of pre-release promotional activities, cinema hall bookings and related issues.

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    W.R.
    Oct 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    Another way to mock our self.
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      Biltu
      Oct 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm
      BHARAT KI AMMI FARAH KHAN. YOU STUPID WOMAN. ARTISTS BELONG TO THE WORLD . NOT TO A PARTICULAR COUNTRY.
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        DD
        Oct 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm
        ever noticed generals having medals on their unform..lt;br/gt;best part is stan has never won a war..lt;br/gt;it seems the generals get medals based on who runs away from the battlefield and reaches home first..lt;br/gt;ha ha ha halt;br/gt;.....
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          genius
          Oct 8, 2016 at 11:51 pm
          OK..here is the solution ! instead of PAK artists yes and no! why not all artists, celebs. technicians, stunts, producers,directors, all oh 'em, from both countries, all together go to URI and to the LoC to protest ? This way there will be no threat of nukes or killings anymore...and if the public from both countries join, then the politicians from the PAK side will have to exile as I understand that the S are in favor of INDIAN living standards and freedom, as far as I recall. India has NEVER attacked or occupied any land by force,,so let the PAK artists start their protest with INDIAN ARTISTS supprt, Will the pak govt hang 'em all ?.. nope
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            Franky
            Oct 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm
            who can cares this small times artist who have made larger than life by the media giving unnecessary publicity. In old days this actors were looked down by people as people use to think this natkist are last people in society below the laundry man wasing clothes or below the bharthan bhai who is washing the utensils. Now unnecessarily limelight is given to actors and media is asking them things of national importance and security of the country which they dont have any idea. long live India and down with the media and down with the actors
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              lafanga
              Oct 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm
              As if she is going to go against the Thackeray and his gang who control the Bollywood world. It's like a mafia in Mumbai.
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                lafanga
                Oct 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm
                Dude give it up. Only a dog barks in the same tone endlessly.
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                  tapan
                  Oct 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm
                  This time I totally support Raj Thakrey .... I wish he will not bow down to pressure or money power ....
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                    Maya Valecha
                    Oct 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm
                    First One must think which role a particular artist can do, who pes the audition, etc. Don't see with the lense of nationality.
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                      David
                      Oct 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm
                      Indians how long and how much are you going to be humiliated by stan. Artists and actors are not exclusive when it comes to national security. Stop this third rate untalented trash from a enemy country.
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                        rddy
                        Oct 8, 2016 at 11:51 pm
                        This is called Taqiyya , often used by Muslims when they are cornered,in english it is called DECEPTION or Cunningness ,Farah khan a known sympathiser of Islamic Jihadi Terrorist ,playing this trick and giving anti stani statements now to get ,Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (starring Fawad Khan) and Raees (with Mahira Khan in lead), this movie is produced by Sharukh Khan , Farah Khan is a business partner with sharukh Khan, have you ever seen Sharukh,Amir,Salman condemning any Jihadist, but when ever Islam is cornered Muslims will play Taqiyya ,thats why words like Peace,and brotherhood is coming from stan's mouth, It is written in Quran, when Muslims are in minority they want to Secular Democracy and when they become majority ,they demand Sharia Law and kill Non-Muslims, this is typical of Taqiyya
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                          rddy
                          Oct 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm
                          this is called Taqia, often used by Muslims when they are cornered,in english it is called DECEPTION or Cunningness ,Farah khan a known sympathiser of Islamic Jihadi Terrorist ,playing this trick and giving anti stani statements now to get ,Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (starring Fawad Khan) and Raees (with Mahira Khan in lead), this movie is produced by Sharukh Khan , Farah Khan is a business partner with sharukh Khan, have you ever seen Sharukh,Amir,Salman condemning any Jihadist, but when ever Islam is cornered Muslims will play Taqia ,thats why words like Peace,and brotherhood is coming from stan's mouth, It is written in uran, when Muslims are in minority they want to Secular Democracy and when they become majority ,they demand Sharia Law and kill Non-Muslims, this is typical of taqia
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                            Ram
                            Oct 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm
                            I thought artists have touch of human heart that bring w world as one family. Is Bolly wood different category and playing different gallery? When they say they don't want artists, it's their decision but tomorrow they say we don't want anyone but north Indians. I am so proud of so many movies hollywood and indian oldies where there is no divide and only bother about story. Where are these guys such as Farah,, Ajoy devugan, Kajol kind of folks come? What did they do for nation except dancing and making millions of rupees? Whatever they did, I salute Salman and other folks. Don't they know so many indian artists pla in hollywood?
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                              sajeev
                              Oct 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm
                              Humankind has its frailities. There have always been minor and major divisions and derision, like the madraasi clification for all south Indians. But here we are talking of humankind versus terrorists, and of all of humankind living or working in India taking a stand against terror from across the border. Is that so tough to understand???
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                                sameer
                                Oct 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm
                                "PREFER" ... Farah Khan?
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                                  Wake Up!
                                  Oct 8, 2016 at 9:51 pm
                                  stan Just Speak over Kashmirs People and not for other indian Muslims, I can under stand Farah's Fastration
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                                    Maya
                                    Oct 8, 2016 at 3:54 pm
                                    Indians don't act against any country and send terrorists to Hollywood. So, the situation is different. U can't compare Indians with stanis. Ajay, Kajol etc dances and the public enjoys that and the normal public pays their hard earned money to watch that. Why? Because we love them. We don't love Made in stan because it's a terrorist state. We do accept Jacqueline from Srilanka, Katrina( however bad her acting is), Nargis from America. So, we are not narrow minded. We don't want to accept ugly people with terrorist mentality when our poor soldiers are guarding the borders. We are alive and ok to be commenting on this very post from the comfort of our homes because of their sacrifice. It's not about movies, it's about a certain principle in life. U wouldn't understand because u r not worried about our soldiers. All u want is to watch these ugly s dancing , singing and romancing. These people become rich in India, take the money to their terror land and contribute towards feeding those state sponsored terrorists .
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                                      Prateik
                                      Oct 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm
                                      Choo2ia Hollywood and Bollywood is not at war.
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                                        Valsalan Kanara
                                        Oct 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm
                                        This respected lady playing safe game, if she is a artist then she never discriminate artists by nationality, religion, race, caste or color.lt;br/gt;Artists works for international mind,if they are really artist, wether you are in commercial industry or avant-garde.
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                                          venzen00749
                                          Oct 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm
                                          Really..but please provide an evidence on which war did pak win? Pak army is a tragedy in slow motion...they cannot defend their school children in an army run school attacked by terrorists trained by army
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