Salman Khan's support for Pakistani artists working in India has once again exposed the faultlines in Bollywood.
Salman Khan’s support for Pakistani artists working in India has once again exposed the faultlines in Bollywood. It seems the film fraternity cannot take a common stand, even if it concerns entire country. In the wake of Uri attacks and India’s efforts at isolating Pakistan globally over terrorism, there have been several demands of ban on Pakistani artists working in Bollywood.
In other times such demand could have been irrational, but at a time when India is trying to avenge Uri attack and make Pakistan end its terror launching pads, such demand has a symbolic value. Salman Khan today said, “Pakistani actors are not terrorists. They come to India when they get a permit from the government. “They are artists, not terrorists. It is the Indian government who gives them permits and visas.”
However, the problem is not with Pakistani actors working in India but their silence. It has been alleged that Pakistani artists build their careers in India, but when it comes to condemning terror attacks on the country, they chose to remain silent. The reason behind their silence may be fear. But if they approach India for support, the country would certainly help them.
On matters like terrorism, everyone should have one voice. In Bollywood, the story is different. Several prominent members of Bollywood have voiced their concerns aginst demand for ban on Pakistani artists. However, only a few have suggested that Pakistani actors should condemn terrorism.
Recently, Anupam Kher had said: “I also believe that art has no boundary, no culture. But the least I expect from these actors (from Pakistan) is that at least condemn the act of terrorism. Say I feel bad for the country which is giving me bread, butter and fame… so many things. That is not asking for too much.”
On Friday, the Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution to ban all Pakistani actors from working in the Indian film industry. Producer TP Aggarwal, the president of IMPPA had said, “IMPPA in their 87th annual general meeting passed (a resolution that) no Pakistani will be hired by their producer members forever.”
However, when it comes to views, Bollywood is divided. The reason may be something different.