So much has been spoken on the debate of Pakistani actors being banned in India that it has started to show the cracks in the film industry. As soon as the debate started with MNS asking for a ban on Pakistani artistes and the first casualty was Karan Johar. After speaking his mind on the issue, faced the ire of the politicians, not just him, even Salman Khan said similar stuff when he was asked for his comment. He stated loud and clear that artistes are not terrorists and government provided them with visas. No points for guessing he too faced the ire. Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and even Sushant Singh Rajput voiced their opinion in favour of Karan Johar. All of them faced the ire of the various political parties and news channels but what was unexpected was their own industry people didn't support them. Many like Anupam Kher, Ashoke Pandit, Nana Patekar etc voiced their opinions against them. But the unexpected opinion that went against them especially Salman Khan was his long time friend Ajay Devgn's. It was not the opinion that was surprising, but how he took sides against Salman Khan.
When he was asked, if it upsets him that the people from the industry like Salman Khan or Karan Johar are unwilling to take a stand on the attacks and ban, Ajay Devgn replied, “Upset in the sense, it’s saddening, it is saddening. I don’t know what the reasons are and I don’t even believe they are human beings who are scared at this point of time. Why should anybody be scared?” Also read: Ajay Devgn's Shivaay has a Pakistani connection find out what
So this made Bollywood divided into three camps: for the ban, against the ban and the neutral brigade.
For the ban brigade:
This camp had actors like Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Anupam Kher, Nawazuddin Siddiqui etc. and there stand was Pakistani actors should be banned and there shouldn't be any exchange with Pakistan. If they are sticking to their country by not condemning the attacks, we should too by boycotting them.
Against the ban brigade:
On this side there were Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Om Puri, Sidharth Malhotra, Radhika Apte etc. There stand was that art and culture should be kept aside and should be treated differently. As these artistes worked in India only because our government provided them with visas.
The neutral brigade:
But there was also a third side, the neutral side which consisted of Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan etc. Shah Rukh Khan though voiced his opinion on the surgical strike made by Indian army and hailed them for their retaliation. Aamir Khan perhaps doesn't want any controversy after the ire he faced for speaking his mind on the whole issue and as for Hrithik Roshan, he anyway is stuck in his own problems, be it personal (read: Kangana Ranaut) or professional (read: disastrous fate of Mohenjo Daro).
And then there was Akshay Kumar.
In all this 'for', 'against' and the neutral stand of Bollywood over the whole Pakistani artistes ban debate, there was another side that Akshay Kumar showed to all of us. He posted a video on his Twitter profile. He said that instead of squabbling over petty issues like the veracity of surgical strikes, it’s time to put our focus on more concerning matters like the fact that the terrorists are breaching the border and our soldiers are getting killed. He asserts that it is time to make our soldiers safe and valued, as we are safe ‘cos they are fighting.
And as Ajay Devgn said, there is no unity in the film industry and it is proved once again after this whole debate over banning Pakistani artistes.
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