Veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri has kicked a storm by his controversial comments on Uri martyrs. At a talk show on a national news channels on the recent ban on Pakistan artists by the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA), Om Puri came up with shocking outbursts, “Who had asked the soldiers to join the Army? Who told them to pick weapons?”
Puri asked the other panelists, “Do you want India-Pakistan enmity to turn like Israel and Palestine and fight for ages? India is home to crores of Muslims, there is no point in provoking them for war”.
He added that the Partition was not just the division of countries, but it also divided families.
“Several Indians have their relatives staying across the border and vice-versa, how can they fight a war with their cross-border families,” he asked.
When asked about the logic behind supporting Pakistani artists, Puri said if Indians do not want Pakistan artists in Bollywood or any cultural exchanges between the neighbouring countries, then they should tell the Indian government to cancel the visas of artists.
Earlier also on many occasions, Puri had reiterated his stand on Pakistani artists that they have been acting in Bollywood with valid visa and rubbished the boycotting.
He added that such an action would not help in improving the relations between the countries hit by current border tension.
Puri said later in the show he is against mixing art and politics, and resorted to damage control mode, saying that it should not be seen in black and white, and government should do all the appropriate steps.
He added that he was against the idea of demonising Pakistan-based artists.
Responding to his comments, comedian Paresh Rawal tweeted, “Never thought someone like Om Puri ji would make such a shameful comment. Sad. This is so heartbreaking”.