Blanket ban on Pakistani artistes; Pakistan isolated further
While the Indian government has become more aggressive in isolating Pakistan, it got a big boost from the Indian Cine industry. There is an overwhelming feeling that Pakistan continues to be a safe haven for terrorists like Masood Azhar & Hafiz Saeed. In the latest, the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has announced a total ban on Pakistani actors and artistes in the aftermath of a major terror attack on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama. Earlier, a day ago, the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) president announced “no Bollywood filmmaker will take any Pakistani artiste in his film [including] music companies”.
AICWA general secretary Ronak Suresh Jain wrote in a press statement “AICWA stands with the nation in confronting such terror and inhumanity”. In case any organisation would still work with them, them and take strict action against it.
Pakistan : Artists banned, Is cricket next?
Following the Pulwama terror attack, the entire country is boiling and demanding for the revenge from Pakistan. Bollywood actors and cricketers also came out to support the security personnel. Bollywood fraternity and cricketers attended at event- Black Day at Mumbai’s filmcity where they condemned the killings of Jawans. Cricketers Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag have also attended the event.
Total Dhamaal director Indra Kumar, a prominent filmmaker in the industry, agreed with the ban saying he wished “all this nonsense would end because people die on both sides”. “It’s part of our nature… We forget and forgive,” he told media when asked if the ban should be made permanent. “We are very clean-hearted people but they don’t feel the same. They don’t forget and keep returning violently.”
Actor Ajay Devgn has contributed Rs 50 lakhs by Team Dhamaal for the Pulwama victims. Other stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have also contributed generously. Ajay agreed that the flip-flopping should end. “I think there should be a consistency till the way we want the authorities there to react to the terrorists.”
Actor Anil Kapoor said it’s a time when the country needs to “stand united”. “We need to be together and really believe and support and do whatever is required,” said the actor. “This [the contribution] is just a small thing.”