1. Pakistani artistes come here on visa, not illegally: Om Puri

Pakistani artistes come here on visa, not illegally: Om Puri

Veteran actor Om Puri and director Nagesh Kukunoor have come out in support of Pakistani actors, saying art and politics should be kept separate and banning the artistes will not change the situation.

By: | Mumbai | Published: October 2, 2016 5:07 PM
Puri said Pakistani artistes are not working illegally here and if they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses. (Reuters) Puri said Pakistani artistes are not working illegally here and if they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses. (Reuters)

Veteran actor Om Puri and director Nagesh Kukunoor have come out in support of Pakistani actors, saying art and politics should be kept separate and banning the artistes will not change the situation.

Puri said Pakistani artistes are not working illegally here and if they are sent back, Indian producers, who have signed them for their films, will suffer heavy losses.

“When the government is taking an action, we all should stay quiet. It hardly matters if we send back the artists from Pakistan, who are working here, or let them stay. I have been to Pakistan six times and have met people from all strata,” the 65-year-old actor said here.

“I have always received love and warmth. If the Pakistani actors leave the projects they are doing here in middle, then people in India (filmmakers) will also face financial loss. Hence, this is insignificant. The actors have not come here through any illegal way. They have valid visa. But, if the government will ask them to leave, then it is different,” he said.

Filmmaker Nagesh Kukonoor said though the situation between India and Pakistan is complex, he believes art should be kept away from politics.

“I have always believed that art should stand alone. Even if you take the worst periods in a nation’s history, World War II, art still had its voice. I don’t think the two should be mixed.

“Having said that, the India-Pakistan situation is an extremely complex one. We are all part of the same country. 60-70 years is a very short period to actually find some kind of peaceful common ground.”

Their remarks came days after superstar Salman Khan opposed the ban on Pakistani actors, saying they are artistes not terrorists.

The film industry has been divided on the issue of banning Pakistani artistes in the wake of Uri attack. Actor Randeep Hooda, filmmakers Ashoke Pandit, Anupam Kher are among those who have backed the ban.

Hooda tweeted that Pakistan should be culturally isolated.

“We are trying to isolate Pakistan economically & diplomatically so the cultural isolation must follow #BanPakArtists #IndiaComesFirst #India,” he wrote.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said though he believes that art has no boundaries, the situation right now is such that nothing is bigger than the country.

He also said that Pakistani artistes, who have worked in India should condemn the Uri attack.

“Definitely the artists are not terrorists, and I believe that art has no boundary but the situation today is very different. When you see our 19 soldiers have been killed, and when we see the whole scenario… I feel a lot of Pakistani artists who work here they should have condemned the attacks on India over the years.

“When they can condemn US attack, when they can condemn Istanbul, Paris (attacks), all those attacks then why not India? My problem is that. When Peshawar (attack) happened, everybody in India condemned. So, if the Pakistani actors feel it (the attack) is happening over here, they should at least tweet about it. Right now I think nothing is bigger than the country.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, when asked if Pakistani actors should be allowed to do work in India, refused to be drawn into the controversy.

“This is our government’s job. Our government has a lot of expertise who look after these matters and policies. Being an artist I have no opinion on this controversy. This is not my job. Government decides it and it is their duty,” he told reporters at an event in the capital.

The debate began after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena demanded the ouster of the artistes from the neighbouring country.

Recently, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association also announced ban on the actors and technicians from the neighbouring country till things don’t get normal between the two nations.

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    Aksh Mishra
    Oct 4, 2016 at 7:50 am
    OM PURi saab...........if indian government allows visa for stani people. It means "we welcome stani". But it doesn't mean our amry is not indian and will kill as welcome gift.
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    Aksh Mishra
    Oct 4, 2016 at 7:49 am
    Om puri saab,,,, if indian government allows visa for stani people. It means "we welcome stani". But it doesn't mean our amry is not indian and will kill as welcome gift.
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    Aksh Mishra
    Oct 4, 2016 at 7:50 am
    if indian government allows visa for stani people. It means "we welcome stani". But it doesn't mean our amry is not indian and will kill as welcome gift.
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    *अशोक गौतम
    Oct 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm
    (आओं इन गद्दारों कों सबक सिखाएं ).....एक कमेंट्स जरूर लिखे **************************************************************** जों सेना और शहीदों का अपमान कर रहें हैं ऐसे नमकहराम गद्दारों के मुँह पर, भारत की देश भक्त जनता कों थोकना चाहियें | और इन ों कों मिलकर ठोकना भी चाहियें || चाहें ओमपुरी हों या सलमान खान ...या कोई भी कितना बड़ा पहुँच वाला .... ऐसे गद्दारों कों ....लात मारकर देश से बाहर भेजों .......बहुत गद्दार अभी देश में छुपें हैं .....इनका इलाज करना बहुत जरूरी हैं .....जय हिन्द *********************************************************** छुपें हुयें गद्दारों कों चुन चुनकर सबक सिखों | पाक हितैषी मददगारों कों बिल से बाहर लाओं || इन गद्दारों की खाल खीचकर, ठूस कर भूसा भरदो | बीच बाज़ार में लाकर इनका ,सर धड़ से कलम करदों || हमसब अपनें अगल बगल में,इनकों जाकर ढूढों | जहाँ जहाँ पर मिलें ये इनकें पकड़ शीश कों मूढ़ों|| ये जिस थाली में खातें हैं उसी में करतें छेद हैं | येही आतंकी आतंकवादियों कों बतालातें भेद हैं || आस्तीनों सांप पल रहें इनकें फं कुचल डालों | इनकों दूध पिला पिलाकर हरगिज न अब पालों || ये गद्दार चंद सिक्कों अपना ईमान बेचनें वालें हैं | ये चन्दन में लिपटें नाग बिषैले देश कों डसने वालें हैं || हम सबकों मिलकर देश के अंदर की करना ानी हैं | गद्दारों और दुश्मनों से भारत माता की लाज बचानी हैं || युवाओं तुम आगें आकर थामों जली मशालों कों | गद्दारों कों तुम आग़ लों आतंकी मददगारों कों || आओं हम अपनें कों फौलाद बना डालें | शेष बचा जों जीवन मातृभूमि कों दे डालें || ******************************** रचनाकार *अशोक गौतम ...भोपाल
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    kamal
    Oct 4, 2016 at 4:25 am
    Arre om puri kya bol rha hai tu.ki kisne bola inko ki sena me jao.arre gaddar namak agar koi b sena me nhi jayega to tu fir se gulam ho jayega.jaise pehle gulam tha hindostan.teri aukat hi kya hai army ke against bolne ki.arre ek din sath me bita k dekh.tujhe teri aukat ka pta chal jayega.tu kya jane sena me jane ka jajva.mrne k din aa gye hai tere tbhi to baat krne pta nhi chal rha tujhe ki kya baat krni hai aur kya nhi.deshdrohi khi ka.
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    Naveen Sharma
    Oct 4, 2016 at 5:53 am
    Alas Puri Sahib you n your family were not deported from stan if it would have been your thought would be different ,I am super victim of division at two yrs age my mother how she bought me green when I grew young saw a lot of Muslim were in my cl .Till today the wound is still not healed n you people are putting salt every year on these wounds .Stop this now younger brother,let it be you are enjoying best. Status of life in India.
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    Sujata Mantri
    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:00 am
    Om Puri.....tumahar dimaag sark a kya? Wat is tht u r talking? It is not Art and politics here, u stupid person!! There Pak banned Indian films there. Here stupid prople like you are rooting for Pak Actors. Anupam Kher likes of people are not given visas to go there. And you are shaming the efforts of our Armed forces??? I think you have gone mad bcoz of old age!! Why dont u keep your mouth shut? What if producers are losing money? Nothing ismore important than country!!!! You give some importance to the sacrifices mades by our soldiers by keeping ur trap shut!!!!
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    Sujata Mantri
    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:19 am
    Om Puri.....tumhara dimaag sarak a kya? Wat is tht u r talking? It is not Art and politics here, u stupid person!! There in Pak Indian films banned. Here stupid people like you, are rooting for Pak Actors. Anupam Kher likes of people are not given visas to go there. And you are shaming the efforts of our Armed forces??? I think you have gone mad bcoz of old age!! Why dont u keep your mouth shut? What if producers are losing money? Nothing is more important than country!!!! You give some importance to the sacrifices made by our soldiers by keeping ur trap shut!!!!
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