Thank you for banning us, India: Actor Adnan Shah Tipu

Published: March 5, 2018



A few days ago, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s latest Bollywood song made all the rage across the border.

Ishtehaar from the Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Welcome to New York irked controversy when singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo called for a revised ban on Pakistani artists in India.

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While many artists decided to keep mum on the matter, Pakistani actor Adnan Shah Tipu decided to voice his opinion. The actor, who has worked in Bollywood, gave his two cents in a Facebook video.

“Thank you for banning us,” stated the Maalik star. “You have given us a chance to make an Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and other big stars in Pakistan.”



Taking a reference from sports, Tipu made a pondering point and said, “You banned Pakistani players from Indian Premiere League (IPL), but then Pakistan Super League (PSL) happened.”

The actor has worked in numerous Bollywood projects such as Himesh Reshammiya’s Kajraare and Arshad Warsi’s Welcome to Karachi. 

Talking about his experience while working across the border, Tipu said, “I have worked in India. People showed me a lot of love. But what does this ban mean? You don’t get our bread and butter. It is up to God.”

“Your ban doesn’t change two facts. Facts that no one should ever forget. First, your paternity. Second, your nationality. My father’s name is Ghazanfar Ali Shah. I’m from Faisalabad, Dhobi Ghat, Pakistan. That’s not going to change,” he added.

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“I did a film in 2007. I wasn’t starving back then. Therefore, because of your ban, neither Fawad Khan nor Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will starve,” said the Dukhtar star.

Tipu went on to say, “Pakistan is my mother. If I say anything to your mother, you will feel offended. Likewise, if you say anything about my mother, will I be ecstatic about it?”

He concluded, “So, here’s what I have to say. Go play your game, we will play ours. You’ve banned us. Thank you very much.”

“Pakistan above all.”

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 5, 2018 - 2:36PM

    Hope Pak cinema unfolds like yester years way back in 60s or at least 80s 90s they had good movies coming out . Recommend

  • Sajjaad Choudhry
    Mar 5, 2018 - 5:38PM

    Well said Shah jee. Keep it up, your wordings and the spirit I can feel them that comes from the true heart. Recommend

  • shakeel Mahota
    Mar 5, 2018 - 8:44PM

    A good beginning has been made with the unveiling of Pakistan’s first well-meant Film and Cultural Policy.Two good things have happened for Pakistan: one, banning of our artistes in India and two, emergence of Trump as US President. Both these developments will InshaAllah make us self-reliant and strong as a nation with a great film industry… Recommend

  • Chanchal kamboj
    Mar 5, 2018 - 9:45PM

    If any individual in india has given a statement to ban pakistani artists then it doesn’t mean that all Indians have alligned with him or her. Its just a personal opinion Recommend

  • dipu
    Mar 6, 2018 - 8:46AM

    Stop screeening indian movies from cinemas too
    shameless people ……u cant survive with out india.Recommend

  • Vakil
    Mar 6, 2018 - 9:26AM

    Pakistanis will be ‘thanking’ many countries very soon… Starting off with FATF in June. In short, Indians will merely say ‘you are welcome’ (to keep thanking).Recommend

  • sarabjit singh1804@gmail,com
    Mar 6, 2018 - 9:46AM

    blame each other the real losers are common people don’t abuse try try for people to people cotactRecommend

  • Nithin
    Mar 6, 2018 - 12:40PM

    HERE IS A TIP TO ALL PAK CELEBS…Next time you work in India…Give preference to South Industries ( T/Kollywood ) along with Bollywood…First, they pay you more. Second, no one will say ban or anything to you. No one can touch youRecommend

  • Shakeel Ahmed
    Mar 6, 2018 - 1:55PM

    Thats the way how pakistanis should talk the talk. These actor have made not thrmselves rich. Intact they have made indian producers and directors rich by yheir sheer talent. Why Indians are begging pakistani talent to act or sing in their productions? On other hand stop being hypocrite. U dont want them in IPL because of Kashmir. Y want them to promote your entertainment industry then? Proud of u Tipu.Recommend

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