In the row of “Pakistani artistes ban” controversy, Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn on Saturday came out in support of Karan Johar, who’s upcoming film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ hangs in balance.
The “Singham” actor has said that banning Indian films featuring Pakistani artistes is ‘unfair’.
Reacting to the Uri terror attack, carried out by Pakistani terrorist, the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had demanded a ban on Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood and not allowing release of films featuring such actors.
However, Ajay Devgn had on Friday came out in support of the Pakistani artistes ban on Saturday, saying that he would not ‘share screen space’ with any Pakistani artiste as of now. “This is the time to stand by the nation,” Devgn said.
“Sometimes, it gets difficult to remove anybody from a film that has already been completed. I feel, when people have shot a film before an issue has happened, they should be allowed to release it,” Ajay told PTI.
The upcoming films: ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a special appearance while ‘Raees’ is slated to see the Bollywood debut of Pakistani actress Mahira Khan opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
Devgn, however, refused to comment on the MNS’ stance, saying, “It is a political issue I do not want to get into.”
Voicing his support for the army, he said soldiers should be motivated in this ‘tough’ scenario.
“We admire their work and they admire us and our work. Right now, the situation is that our security forces are fighting and dying. So, we have a responsibility to keep their morale up. Otherwise, they will feel, we are dying here and these people are going on with their lives like nothing has happened,” the actor said.
“So, my stand is with the security forces and my request is, till the problem is solved, it should be that way,” he Ajay added.
“I do not worry about backlash. I speak from the heart, whether good or bad. I think, sensible people will understand that those who want to create controversies, will do so,” he said.
Ajay insists that he is ‘open’ to work with Pakistani actors once the situation between the two countries ‘normalises’.
“Once the problem is solved, I would love to work with them again. We all should work together as an exchange of culture is important. But, it cannot happen at the time when you are exchanging bullets. I respect them. They are standing by their country and we stand by ours,” he said.
“They have not reacted. It is a diplomatic statement. You do expect them to react. While filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Salman Khan have voiced their opinion that the demand for a ban on Pakistani actors is not justified, Ajay has a different view on this, ” Ajay said, when asked if he thought the Pakistani actors had reacted late.
Karan Johar on one side with his multi-starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and Ajay Devgn on the other with his adventure drama Shivaay, the two films are set to lock horn on October 28.