Deteriorating relations between neighbours India and Pakistan began to affect lives of movie stars and cricketers also.
On Saturday, ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, targeted Bollywood star Salman Khan for his views on Pakistani artists.
Shiv Sena senior leader Manisha Kayande said “Salman Khan needs to be taught a lesson. If he has so much love for Pakistani artists, he should migrate there.”
Senior Sena leader and Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai asked Salman to “take lessons” on patriotism from his father and popular Bollywood screenplay writer Salim Khan.
“Pakistan is our enemy and has killed our jawans by crossing the Line of Control (LoC) at Uri. The Sena has always opposed cricketing ties with Pakistan,” he added.
Desai said, Sena believes, in the wake of recent terrorists on Indian soldiers backed by Pakistan, India should end cultural ties between its neighbour. He added, people’s reaction is “strong” following the spate of terrorist attacks masterminded by Pakistan.
Salman Khan courted controversy on Friday, when he said artistes from Pakistan are not terrorists and art and terrorism should not be connected.
MNS leader Shalini Thackeray urged Indian actors, it is high time they understand people’s sentiments.
“Film stars should understand the sentiments of the people under the current circumstances. People are very angry and actors like Salman Khan should respect them,” she was quoted as saying to Indian Express newspaper.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi on Saturday has supported Salman Khan on the issue. Azmi said, he is welcoming the actors stand, saying that:
“Our fight is against Pakistan and we are proud of our soldiers for going into the Pakistan-occupied territory and killing the terrorists. But, when we are talking about those who are here on valid visas for either work purpose or medical treatment, it is our duty to welcome them with open arms,” he told IANS.
Azmi said Sena is doing mere ‘theatrics’ and said “I don’t think Salman Khan said anything wrong, nor are his statements harming our sentiments. I would like to say to the Shiv Sena to talk with Narendra Modi. They are the allies of the government. It is their government which has issued visas to them (the Pakistani actors). I am unable to fathom their theatrics given the fact that the bus connecting India and Pakistan is still running, both the countries ambassadors haven’t been called,” Azmi told IANS.