After Salman Khan, now veteran actor Om Puri has jumped in support of Pakistani actors, saying art and politics should be kept separate and banning the artistes will not change the situation.
Puri pointed out that 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,” Om Puri said.
“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.
“We haven’t forced them to join the army.” Puri said this in a live debate on a news channel. Later, Puri walked out of the debate, by saying to the MNS, “Prepare 15-20 people as suicide bomber and send them to Pakistan to conduct blasts there.”
The remark 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. Actors Randeep Hooda, Anupam Kher, filmmakers Ashoke Pandit, Madhur Bhandarkar are among those who have backed the ban.
The debate began after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) 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.