Film industry is open for the world’s talent: Saif Ali Khan backs Pak actors511 views
Days after Uri attack, the MNS had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani actors and artistes to leave India by September 25.
Mumbai: Retorting to the ultimatum issued by Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) that it would push out Pakistani actors if they do not leave on their own, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan on Tuesday downplayed the challenge thrown by the former and said that film industry is open for world’s talent.
Khan said that it is for the government to decide who should be allowed to work or not.
“The film industry is open for the world’s talent, especially across borders. The government has to decide these things. We are artists, so we will talk about love and peace but the government should make laws and decide who is allowed to work and who isn’t,” said Khan.
Days after 18 soldiers were martyred in the terror strike at Uri, the MNS had issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani actors and artistes to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out”.
Post the threats, Fawad Khan, who is currently in Pakistan attending to his wife Sadaf who is pregnant with their second child, is unlikely to return to India anytime soon following the threats by the MNS.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher has also urged for condemnation from the side of Pakistani actors and said that it is important for them to castigate the Uri attack.
Kher said that it is important for them to say, “I condemn the unfortunate massacre of Indian soldiers”.
Saif is the son of Bollywood actress, Sharmila Tagore, and Indian cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan.
Both his grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, and father were professional cricketers. His mother, Sharmila Tagore, an actress within her own rights. He has two sisters, Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan, and fashion designer Saba Ali Khan.
Saif studied in Himachal Pradesh’s Lawrence School Sanawar, and then went on to continue his studies in Lockers Park School and Winchester College – both located in the United Kingdom.
He commenced his career in Bollywood movies during the year 1992 with Parampara(1992). He has been received several awards as well as numerous nominations. He continues to not only act in movies but has also started his very own production company ‘Illuminati Films’.
Saif Ali Khan married Bollywood actress, Amrita Singh, during October 1991, and has two children, namely daughter Sara Ali Khan, and son Ibrahim Ali Khan. The marriage ended in a divorce during 2004, and both the children live with their mother.
His father tragically passed away on September 22, 2011 due to chronic lung infection at the age of 70.
He has participated in a number of international tours, including raising funds for the 2004 Tsunami.
He is fluent in Bengal, Hindi, and English.