Indian Central Board of Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani has spoken in favour of Pakistani artists and said Indian cinema could face losses if Pakistani actors are prevented from working in India.
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Pahlaj shared that Karan Johar and the likes signed Pakistani artists when the relations between the countries were fine and it would be unjust to stop the release of films now. "Why are we talking about the artists? Instead, we should talk about India and Pakistan. To give a visa to any Pakistani is the sole decision of the government, and we as producers and actors, are saying they are not terrorists and that art and culture should never come in between," Nihalani told ANI.
“The way our country was developing relations with Pakistan, the same way Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan had accepted the Pakistani actors, and now, this film should be released and should not face difficulties, because through this, not only will these actors suffer losses, but also the nation and the film industry will suffer,” he added.
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The CBC chief's comment comes after Salman Khan and Mahesh Bhatt supported Pakistani artists and spoke against the irrational demands of MNS leaders to ban films casting Pakistani actors.
Salman said,”They are artistes not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them permits and visas.”
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