There is a constant tension between the two countries, and amidst that ongoing tiff, the debate to whether put a ban or not on Pakistani artists is getting sour by each passing day. The recent Bollywood actor to speak on the subject is veteran actor Nana Patekar. Patekar has supported the ban on Pakistani artists saying “no one is above country”. He further slammed Bollywood celebrities who have been supporting Pakistani artists. Making a comment on why it is not the right time for Pakistani actors to work in India, he said, “This is not the right time for them to work in the country. Country comes first, then artists.”
Nana also stated that people should realise the value of Indian soldiers, who are the real heroes, he told reporters that “I have been in the Army for two and a half years, so I know who are our original heroes. Our jawans are the biggest heroes, and no one can be bigger than the soldiers. We actors are just fake and insignificant people, and people should not pay heed to what the celebs are saying”.
These comments from him came days after IMPA announced the ban on Pakistani celebrities. He even took a dig on Salman Khan (without naming him), saying “No hero can be better than the soldiers. We actors are just common people, the real heroes are our soldiers. Don’t pay attention to what we say, don’t give this much importance to anyone. And those who keep on speaking, they don’t deserve that much importance.”Concluding his statement he said “First stands my country, I don’t know anyone beyond my country neither would I want to know. An artist is very small in front of the country.”
The IMPA’s decision has divided Bollywood into two parts, where on the one hand we have actors supporting Pakistani artists, on the contrary, we have actors who are completely okay with this decision.