Amitabh Bachchan has taken sometime to address the issue of the ban of Pakistan actors in India.
May be the controversial nature of the issue and his solidarity with artistes who are engaged in a profession which transcends ethnic, social and religious boundaries would have taken him sometime to analyze what’s happening around him and also he was busy with Keep India Campaign for a week or so.
The most confusing development of the whole saga is that the ban has come from a hardline Hindu organisation and not from the government authorities. Many Bollywood celebrities were caught in a no man’s land regarding the whole issue.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan refused to comment on the political call to ban Pakistan actors in the wake of the Uri terror attacks.
Addressing the media on his 74th birthday, Bachchan 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 and 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 with 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 artists, 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.
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 protested against the ban.
The most important comment has come from Om Puri. He was recently in Pakistan shooting for a film and said when Pakistani actors were forced to leave abruptly it is the Indian producers who suffer economically with half-done projects in hand. – CINEWS