It's time India relaxed its policy against Pakistani artists: Osman Khalid Butt

Balu Mahi actor opens up about how his recent release portrays the positive image of Pakistan


Entertainment Desk February 14, 2017
Osman Khalid Butt. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/OSMAN KHALID BUTT

In a recent interview with BBC, Balu Mahi star Osman Khalid Butt revealed his take on the political climate between India and Pakistan, stating that the former should also relax its policies regarding Pakistani artists, now that the ban on Bollywood films has been lifted.

Stating how local cinemas suffered severe losses due to the ban, Butt reasoned the lack of content produced by the Pakistani film industry is the main reason. "We are not producing enough content in Pakistan to sustain ourselves on our own. Generations have grown up on a staple diet of Bollywood cinema," he said.

The actor also highlighted the lessened footfall in the cinemas across the country saying, "There was very little footfall in the cinemas because of the lack of Indian movies."

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Branding the competition between Indian and Pakistani movies healthy, the Janaan writer said, "It's a very healthy competition because it forces us to up our game as well and to really show what we have got to offer."

When asked if the India should take a step towards relaxing the ban, Osman explained that there is a lot of jingoism on both sides. “There is a lot of patriotism that comes into play when our actors go across the border. Even if we don't mention it, even if we are very critical, we do feel a lot of pride that out of the plethora of the Indian talent that is available, Pakistani talent was chosen for a reason."

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The Dayar-e-Dil actor believes talent is the only reason Indian producers choose Pakistani artists. "They’re chosen on the basis of their work, on the basis of their work ethics, on the basis of their experience,” stated Osman. “So I do believe it is very unfair and I feel India should also be relaxing its policies, especially after Pakistan has removed the ban."

He also spoke of how Balu Mahi portrays a positive image of Pakistan. "What we're trying to showcase in this movie is the poetry, the beauty, the majesty of our country and to prove that our people are just like any other people."

The Osman Khalid Butt and Ainy Jaffri-starrer released on February 10.

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COMMENTS (6)

gp65 | 4 years ago | Reply "In a recent interview with BBC, Balu Mahi star Osman Khalid Butt revealed his take on the political climate between India and Pakistan, stating that the former should also relax its policies regarding Pakistani artists, now that the ban on Bollywood films has been lifted." 1. The Indian government has not put a ban, it is the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) which put the ban unlike Pakistan where the ban was put by Pakistan government. 2. Pakistani government reviewed the ban due to requests from cinema owners in Pakistan, not as a favor to India 3. It is the unwillingness of Pakistani artistes to condemn the Uri attack (they were not being asked to blame Pakistan, just condemn the attack) that led IMPPA to impose the ban. Since they have not condemned the attack, the ban will not go. 4. Even if the ban was lifted, Indian producers are risk averse and will not hire Pakistani actors now. Even someone as pro-Pakistan as Karan Johar has made it clear that he will not hire Pakistani actors. On top of that, the fact that movies which starred Pakistani actors were banned in Pakistan (ADHM and Raees), so what incentive is there for Indian producers to hire Pakistani stars?
Tyggar | 4 years ago | Reply now that the ban on Bollywood films has been lifted. No one from India asked you to withdraw the ban on Indian movies. As if you did us some kind of favor
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