Varun Dhawan refused to take sides in the current clamour that has Maharashtra Navnirman Sena demanding the ouster of Pakistani actors from the country. The actor remained neutral and said he would respect the law of the land and abide by whatever the government says. Said Varun, “I will follow what the government of India will say. Jo bhi Bharat sarkar kahegi woh sar ankhon par.”
The actor expressed his deep regret at the martyrdom of 18 Indian army jawans and committed his support with the Indian government in its fight against terror. “The attacks on our jawans were horrible. My heart goes out to them and I stand with the government of India,” said Varun.
Speaking particularly on the call for ban demanded by MNS, Varun said, “The government has to say that. It (ban) has to come from the government. And if they take any steps, we will have to see what they do after that. If by banning actors, terrorism can be stopped then they should do it. That is something the government needs to decide first.”
Post the attacks in Uri, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS fired the first salvo calling for all Pakistani actors to leave India within 48 hours. Yesterday the party claimed that their diktat had been successfully implemented with a radio station and television channel dropping their earlier plans of welcoming Pakistani artists on their shows.
Meanwhile, Karan Johar whose movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil MNS has threatened to stall the release of said that banning artists was not a solution. “If this was truly a solution, one would take it,” the director told a news channel.“But this is not a solution. I don’t believe it is. The larger forces have to come together and sort the situation and this cannot be banning talent or art,” KJO had said in TV channel interview.