Ajay Devgn, on Saturday, said that he respected the fact that Pakistani artists are standing by their nations, but they should have taken a stand against the Uri attack. Speaking to Times Now, the Bollywood actor said that terrorism has no religion or boundaries. He further stated that he understood why Pakistani actors remained silent on the issue, as they did not want to go against their country. Speaking about the freedom of speech, Devgn said that India is a democracy, hence everybody can speak as they want; a freedom the Pakistani artists do not have. He said that as these artists have to eventually go back to their countries to their families, they are forced to remain silent.
Although they could have still spoken about terrorism, he added. Talking further on the issue, he said that the under the current situation of tension between both the countries, it was right to not allow Pakistani artists to work in India. He said that he has worked with them and continues to love their work. “But once the exchange of bullet gets over, the exchange of culture can follow”, he added. He also talked about Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and said that these actors should also take a stand on the issue.
Devgn said that Bollywood is a religiously tolerant industry that allows people of every religion to perform. But it also firmly takes a stand whenever such incidents happen. Citing the examples of Peshawar and Paris, he said that everybody came together in condemnation of the attack. He said that he would still condemn if anything of the sort happens in Pakistan, irrespective of the tensions between both the countries. Ajay Devgn concluded that although he understood that silence of these artists and the reasons behind it, a stand or at least a statement should have come from Pakistani artists as they work here and receive love and admiration from our people.