Why do we need Pakistani artistes in our films, Raj Thackeray asks Salman Khan

MNS chief Raj Thackeray said if Salman Khan has so much problem with banning Pakistani actors, they'll ban his movies too.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2016 1:54 pm
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The entire issue of banning Pakistani artistes in Bollywood is heating up by the day. Despite all the Pakistani actors who were targetted by the MNS, returning to their home country, the trouble still seems to linger. A day after Salman Khan said that actors aren’t terrorists, hence such a move was uncalled for, the Shiv Sena was quick to slam the actor.

Now, even MNS chief Raj Thackeray has issued a statement, questioning Salman’s support to the artistes from across the border. He has asked Salman if he thinks there was a dearth of good talent in India.

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Also read | If Salman Khan loves Pakistani artistes, he should migrate there: Shiv Sena

Salman Khan had on Friday said “They are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them work permits and visas. Art and terrorism should not be mixed.” Giving a backlash, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said that Salman too should migrate to Pakistan if he likes the Pakistani actors so much. Now, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, at a press conference, spoke at length about the matter. Taking the war of words to a level higher, Raj said “Are we short of artists in our country? Why do we need Pakistani artistes to work in our 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 borders? Salman Khan? These artistes should realise ‘Nation first’. If they have so much problem, we will ban their movies too”.

 

Also read | Salman Khan backs Pakistani actors, says they are artistes, not terrorists

Salman Khan’s statement came a day after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a unanimous resolution at its annual general meeting, to “henceforth, not to work with any artists, 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.”
The MNS had demanded of banning Pakistani artists including Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Atif Aslam and Raha Fateh Ali Khan from working in Indian film industry. This came in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack. Channel Zee Zindagi, which used to exclusively broadcast Pakistani shows, also changed the line up of the channel by removing Pakistani shows altogether.

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    Haren
    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:31 am
    Salman you are wrong, Govt. does not give visa just like that, you guys like Karan Johar, mahesh Bhatt, sign the contract with them and they apply for visa.
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      Khalid
      Oct 1, 2016 at 11:34 am
      It only shows.. Shiv sena is coward movement that is against muslims and common hindus. It s creame of brahmanisme that is cancer for indian minorities and common indians
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        hitender
        Oct 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm
        Salman's comment was meant for pak media so we should ignore it. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We have to understand that movie making is business and these hard core businessmen cannot disappoint their partners.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Its time we indians mature our thought process and not give too much importance to these nautanki walas.
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          Manu
          Oct 1, 2016 at 11:11 am
          Raj is absolutely right. All Khans in the film industry are lt;br/gt;Pro stan .
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            SubbuI
            Oct 1, 2016 at 9:41 am
            SULTAN SALMAN BAI MUST BE BOYCOTTED BY IMPAA AS WELL AS DISTRIBUTERS AND EXIBITORS ALL OVER INDIA SO THAT HIS ARROGANCE WILL GO. SINCE HIS PICTURE S ARE ALLWAYS DOING WELL IN BOX OFFICE,HE THINKS HE CAN TALK AND BULLY THEN GETAWAY.NO. IT IS WE WHO MAKES HIS FILMS HIT AND WE CAN MAKE HIS FILM FLOPS TOO. WE ALL MUST BOYCOTT HIS FILMS AND TEACH HIM A GOOD LESSON. WE HATE THIS ACTOR AND HE MUST KNOW THAT
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              amitava ghosh
              Oct 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm
              Who is this salman-is he planner architect an economist etc that so much hype is being given to his staement.He is only an ordinary citizen whose views if found derogatory should be taken to task.Such men are selfish who put their interest before the nations.They are for artists who like beggars come to india to make money.Govt.should ban these beggars since india has a lot of beggars.
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                Ankush Dey
                Oct 2, 2016 at 1:01 am
                Why is Salman Khan and his ilk not coming out in support of Balochistan and Anupam Kher ... I just don't understand their agenda ...
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                  avi
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm
                  Quite right india has a big pool of talent waiting to be discovered. Why do we need lt;br/gt;people who hate us, from the bottom of their heart, yet like our money ???
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                    Babau Ram Vishvakarma
                    Oct 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                    Artsts from stan or India are alike and they should not be treated as terrorist. They should not be restricted by boundaries.Because their arts like music,performances etc on the stage or screen do permeate to hearts of people of entire world what to talk of Udhavthakrey/Rajthakrey.The ban on such artists is unwarranted.
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                      vimalbhan
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 8:46 am
                      Ever since Salman Khan has backed stani actors and not our army men, all channels or correspondents have asked him their own list of questions. There is an important point they seem to have missed. lt;br/gt;The main reason for the stand taken by Salman Khan is not his love for art or artists (of stani origin). It is simple MONEY and MONEY ALONE. Salman Khan has huge following in stan. See the money his Bajrangi Bhaijan earned in stan. Add to this the profit several films of Salman every year make in stan. We are looking at humungous amounts running into hundreds of crores. It is his stardom and the huge money his films make in stan year after year which is at stake. And this I believe is the main reason for his questioning the banning of stani artists and technicians.
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                        ravi
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 8:55 am
                        Salman should be happy with his own pority rather than trying to become an ambador for Pak artistes.
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                          amar das
                          Oct 1, 2016 at 9:15 am
                          stan is such a terrorist country, you even do not know in which Avatar they will come and harm to our nation be it in artist, sports person or anything else.
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                            Sudhir
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
                            Mr. Khan, Politics is out of your domain ...understandable....but even Patriotism ????....Please refrain from giving any absurd comments !!!!
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                              Dinesh
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 9:09 am
                              I want to ask the Pseudo liberal If Art and Politics should be not be mixed and if the the artist are above rall this why are the stani artist like Rahat Ali do not sing or refuse to sign bhajans or hindu religious songs in the indian movie ?? The stani actor who play Indian Hindu character in indian movie why there is no scene of them visiting the temples. Is there not unwritten agreement between them and the indian producer that they will not act such scene in the movies ???lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Indian Muslim Artist have no such problem in doing this so what problem with sthani artist ??
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                                Faisal
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 8:48 am
                                Artist=Soldier of Peace and Lovelt;br/gt;Politician Media Armies= Soldiers of Hatelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why soldiers of peace and love were asked to endorse the statements of Hate Mongrers??lt;br/gt;I think India should arm Raj Thackery, Arnab Goswami, Subramaniam Swamy and their likes. Dispatch them to Borders to see what the war is really like.
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                                  Faisal
                                  Oct 1, 2016 at 11:50 am
                                  the way India is turning into more intolerant country under huge doze of Hindu nationalism......It is much likely that soon this country will get divided on religious and ethnic basis. Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Dalit, Muslim, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi, Bihari will carve their areas those will be NO GO Areas for other.lt;br/gt;Thousands of years Foreign Rule and when you get power in last 25 years you are behaving cheap and frustrated
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                                    Indian
                                    Oct 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm
                                    Salman is saying that these stani actors are artist not terrorist, but Mr. Salman when such kind of terrorist attacks happened in paris then these artist condemned the same by changing their DP but when it happened in India no reaction comes from them this simply shows their double standard. Dont try to fool the people of this country because of your so called stardom. Think of nation first and your people first before giving such imatured statement
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                                      Sriniwasan
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 7:56 am
                                      In the pre parion era many artistes from the area of today's stan like Mohd Rafi,Yousef Khan,Pran came to Mumbai,settled in India and took Indian PP and Citizenshiplt;br/gt;As a well known writer had blogger,why not offer citizenship to stani artists and then ask them to condemn terrorism rather than driving them out for not taking a stand
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                                        Gudla Deepak
                                        Oct 1, 2016 at 8:46 am
                                        Mujhe toh lagta hai ki Salman bhi andar se stani bun chuka hai.
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                                          Morphine
                                          Oct 1, 2016 at 9:12 am
                                          Exactly - why we need stani artists in the first place, we got lot better talent.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And there is no need to build an industry with the help of stani artists.
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                                            ravindra l
                                            Oct 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
                                            MNS RAJ is right at this moment. m.
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