What Pakistani celebrities have to say about rising tension between India and Pakistan
The issue of Pakistani artistes being banned in India has divided Bollywood and is spiraling out of control. While celebs of the Hindi film industry have given their opinion about how they feel about the ban, Pakistani celebrities are not far behind in voicing their reactions.
While actress Mawra Hocane (who made her Indian film debut in Sanam Teri Kasam) lost out on a film project with Abhishek Jawkar after the ban, it is rumored that Fawad Khan has also been dropped from Salman Khan’s next production, which was to be directed by Nitin Kakkar. YRF have also reportedly withdrawn their offer to Ali Zafar’s brother Danyal to make his Bollywood debut in their film. Upcoming movies like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (which has Fawad Khan in a cameo), Dear Zindagi (with Ali Zafar as a parallel hero) and Raees (with Mahira Khan as the lead actress) might never see the daylight in India with threats from political parties.
As the situation worsens, here is what some Pakistani celebrities have to say about being banned in India.
Mahira Khan: Mahira spoke indirectly about the ban when she shared a Pakistani girl, Alizay Jaffer’s post on her Twitter handle. She spoke about the love and hate relationship between Indians and Pakistanis, about how Pakistanis pray for Amitabh Bachchan’s good health when he is not well, how they applaud Ranbir Kapoor’s hit films, how both countries react to attacks and are unable to live in peace and harmony. Read the full text here.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) October 1, 2016
Javed Miandad: Former Pakistani cricketer and coach Miandad challenged India to war openly on a news channel of Pakistan. He even insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling him an egg.
Every Pakistani, even every child, is ready for martyrdom: Pakistani cricketing legend Javed Miandad after India’s ‘surgical strikes’ claim pic.twitter.com/ykzuQpSkCw
— SAMAA TV (@SAMAATV) September 29, 2016
Shahid Afridi: Former cricketer Shahid Afridi earlier tweeted that Pakistan was a peace loving nation and made statements like ‘Say no to war’. However, in an interview to a news channel recently, he too challenged India to war when he said, “Indians aren’t aware that ahead of the Pakistani army, it is the Pathans who are standing. The borders are all protected by the Pathans.”
Hamza Ali Abbasi: Actor Hamza put up a hate-post on his social media page, calling for a complete boycott of Indian content by people and of Bollywood by Pakistani artistes.
Adnan Sami: In a statement that earned the singer a lot of flak from Pakistanis, Adnan Sami said in an interview that Pakistan should, in fact, thank the Indian army for killing terrorists and destroying terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The ‘former’ Pakistani singer has been called a traitor and nation’s enemy since then but he stands firm on his support for India.
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