The ban on Pakistani artistes following the Uri and various attacks following it has evoked mixed response from people in India. A shocking one came from veteran actor Om Puri when he ended up insulting Indian martyrs while defending why art and such issues shouldn’t be mixed.
This has led up to a major controversy as Puri made the remark during a live debate at TV channel.
During the show, referring to Indian soldiers he aggressively said, “We haven’t forced them to join army.” He further said, “Prepare 15-20 people as suicide bomber and send them to Pakistan.”
As soon as he said this, social media junkies started criticising him for his regressive thoughts and stringent approach towards the national concern of security.
Earlier in the day as well Om Puri had said that art and politics should be kept separate and banning the artistes will not change the situation. He also added that these actors are not brought to India illegally but with work visa so the producers shouldn’t suffer.
Om Puri, who is known for his impeccable acting skills has worked in various cross-border projects as well, the latest being ‘Actor in Law’, a Pakistani film starring Mehwish Hayat. Some speculated that this is probably why he talked in favour of Paki actors.
However, reacting on his approach actor Paresh Rawal tweeted,”Never thought someone like Om Puri ji would make such a shameful comment. Sad. This is so heartbreaking.”
Never thought someone like Om Puri ji would make such a shameful comment. Sad. This is so heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/lBPrsQLft2
— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) October 3, 2016
Within few minutes of his comment, #OmPuri started trending on twitter with strong backlash coming from the Twitterati. Puri however later said to India Today that the issue is not black and white; the government should do what they want and his only meaning was to stop demonising the Pakistani artistes till then.