Published On: Tue, Oct 11th, 2016

Amitabh Bachchan’s response to ban on Pakistani actors


Amitabh Bachchan’s response to ban on Pakistani actors

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has refused to comment on the political call to ban Pakistan actors in India in the wake of the Uri attacks in occupied Kashmir.

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Addressing the media on his 74th birthday, Amitabh said, “This is not the time and I don’t think it is right to put forward these questions. Who said what, where and how… this is not the time.”

Standing by the army in these troubled times, Bachchan echoed the sentiments of Akshay Kumar and said, “The nation is incensed we all know that. People of this country are very angry by the incidents that have been happening at the border. I think it is the time to show solidarity to our jawans and our armed forces who are sacrificing their lives so that you and me can be safe here. That is what needs to be put in question. Nothing else.”

Responding to another question about how fair is to ban an artist, Bachchan said, “I respect every artiste.”

He was also asked if he would indeed by paying a musical homage to Uri attack martyrs. “Someone praised the Hanuman Chalisa I had recently sung and said I should pay homage to Uri martyrs. I said I would like to do it but would need to have some inputs. But it was reported that it is indeed happening,” he added.

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When asked about his comment on Twitter after surgical strikes, Amitabh said, “That is a line from my film, Major Saab.”

Bollywood as a whole still remains divided on the issue of Pakistani actors. While few have opined that actors from across the border should issue strong statements condemning terrorist attacks, others have vociferously protest against the ban. Radhika Apte recently expressed that banning Pakistani actors is not the solution. “Pakistani actors should also be allowed to come here and do films in India. I don’t think they should be banned,” the actress opined.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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