Finally, Actor Salman Khan jumps for the rescue of Pakistani artistes on Friday. Salman spoke out against the ban on Pakistani artistes imposed by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association, saying they had entered India with permission and were not terrorists.
“There is a difference between terrorists and artistes. They come to our country with permission and visa. Terrorists don’t,” Salman said at an event.
Maharashtra Navanirman Sena which issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani artistes and actors, including Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, to leave India by September 25 or else they would be “pushed out”.
Singer Abhijeet called on leading filmmakers to shun artistes from across the border, while BJP lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Som said they should be “beaten with shoes” for failing to condemn the Uri attack.
The sentiment reverberated on the small screen too, with Zindagi channel taking all Pakistani shows off air.
Anticipating trouble, concerts by singers Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam in Bengalaru and Gurgaon, respectively, were cancelled by the organisers. Unconfirmed reports also claimed that Fawad Khan had left for Pakistan.