The Uri attack gave a jolt to the Bollywood industry, too, as the turbulence led to ban of Pakistani artistes from India’s major film industry. From politicians to Bollywood actors to sportspersons, many people from varied field reacted to the banning of Pak artistes, some supported the ban and some reacted against it, but one of the most sought Pakistani star Fawad Khan was silent until Friday, though many responses mentioned his name.
Breaking the silence, he reacted on a Facebook post in which he called for peace. Khan said, “As a father of two little children, I pray and wish like many others that together we can build and live in a more peaceful world.”
His post was widely shared and responded by his fans and critics, most people claimed it to be diplomatic and criticised, while many others accepted it as straight from heart and congratulated Bollywood’s heart throb.
Soon after the post, his followers started to flood responses on his wall. An upset fan, who seemed to have expected a political statement by the star, marked his emotion criticizing the actor’s diplomacy commented on his wall:
“Lol What a balance. your statement is even more diplomatic than diplomats you are playing very well on the edge for your future and that’s good for you but sometimes you have to show your feelings and emotions as Patriot for your country….!!!”
An Indian fan, who was happy with Khan, praised him for his stance in a comment saying:
” I love ur act…no matter what gossips come out in media…..u r a good actor……i ‘ll b a fan of urs as always……i m an Indian……Also being Pakistani does not mean that you are a terrorist..”
Another follower called his post “elegant diplomacy,” another one wrote, “Stop acting innocent! People in India loved you always, supported you even when half the population stood against you, and what you did? You betrayed them by acting innocent in India and just when you reached the Pakistani border your statements changed.”
In the beginning of October, Bollywood movie makers association Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association(IMPPA) imposed a temporary ban on Pakistani artistes working in India to which Pakistani artistes hand’t yet given any tangible reply, and Fawad also did not mention anything about it.
His movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is facing a threat from the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS), that has warned its director Karan Johar that they will not let the film release if the Pakistani star’s scenes are aren’t removed from it. The party had earlier given an ultimatum to the Pakistani artistes living in India to leave the nation in 48 hours.
A few days back, Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali and actor Mawra Hocane had condemned the Uri attacks and showed concern over the rising terror strikes on the border, whereas Khan’s post talks about peace, without supporting any nation specifically.