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."
Watch the full video here:
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