Web Desk: BJP-led government has a history of taking it all out on Pakistani actors, singers and athletes when Pak-India relations nosedive. The latest victims are Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan. In an open letter written by an Indian journalist Soumyadipta Banerjee, Fawad Khan has been asked to leave India because he did not stand up amidst “violence is being incited in Kashmir by your (Pakistani) government backed Jihadi groups”. Meanwhile Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNS)— the film wing led by Raj Thackeray on Friday said that it not only wants Pakistani actors to leave for Pakistan within 48 hours but will also ban the release of Raees and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in Maharashtra.
Shahrukh Khan stands up for Fawad Khan…
Amidst insanity and intolerance, Indian actor Shahrukh Khan stood up and said what was sane.
Shah Rukh Khan said there were no boundaries for talent and Fawad Khan should not be targeted over political matters. Khan strongly condemned such conspiracies, adding that it was not right to point out Fawad or another celebrity.
Soumyadipta Banerjee’s open letter and MNS’ direct threats to Pakistani actors to leave the country and ban the two movies featuring Fawad Khan ( Ae Dil Hai Mushkil by Karan Johar) and Mahira Khan (Raees by Shahrukh Khan) signify bad decisions for worse intentions leading towards worst consequences as far as Pak-India peace is concerned.
Soumyadipta Banerjee’s demand to give Indian TV actors a chance instead of Fawad Khan present a pathetic picture of insecurity, xenophobia and Indian version of Trump-ism.
Dear Bollywood producers, actors on Indian Television are far better looking than Fawad Khan. Why not give them a chance in your films?
— Soumyadipta (@Soumyadipta) September 23, 2016
Besides Shahrukh Khan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari presents another saner voice
What stays between hawks should stay between the hawks.
From the recent episode of India taking it all out on Fawad and Mahira, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari presented another sane voice in the midst of clamor and growling.
Although said in another context, Bilawal’s message resonates with peace lovers on both sides of the border. “No matter what nonstate actors do, no matter what our media wants,no matter what politicians say, people of
#India & #Pakistan want #peace!,” he said.
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) September 23, 2016
Vagaries of Pak-India cold war especially after the condemnable Uri attack in Indian held Kashmir are visiting on Pakistani actors in India.
Amidst simmering bilateral tensions it is hoped that the voices which seek a saner way forward guide us.