Questioning the resolution that suggests banning Pakistani actors from working on Indian films, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan said artists from Pakistan should not be treated like terrorists.
“Pakistani artistes are just artistes and not terrorists. Terrorism and art are two different subjects,” Salman said speaking at an event in Delhi.
Expectedly Salman Khan’s reaction saw him in the line of fire and many questioned his stance .
In the wake of the Uri attack, the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association had passed a resolution to ban Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from the industry.
Commenting on India’s surgical strike conducted in Pakistan, the actor said the attack carried out by the Army is proper as it was against terrorism.
“Ideal situation should have been that of peace. But, now a reaction to an action has happened. It was a proper action as they were terrorists.”
“But still in this day and age, I think if we lived in peace and harmony it would have been better for everyone and especially for common people,” he added.
However, Salman’s strong take has invited criticism from extremists like Shiv Sena. Countering Khan, Shiv Sena leaders said that Salman Khan too should migrate to Pakistan if he likes the Pakistani actors so much, media reports revealed.
Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande was quoted by The Indian Express as saying said, “Salman Khan needs to be taught a lesson. If he has so much love for Pakistani artists, he should migrate there.”
Earlier, an affiliate of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had set a 48-hour deadline for all Pakistani artistes working in India to leave the country.
The reason why Salman’s comment is in the line of fire is because the mood of the nation is bitter towards Pakistan post uri attacks. In such a scenario the public does not want that actors from across the border get all the benefits.